Product Design

The Altius Alliance is keen to offer places for the School Direct 2017-18 cohort.

Typical departmental profile:

The Design and Technology Department comprises three large workshop areas, a Food and Nutrition kitchen, a Graphic Design suite and a separate Engineering workshop. All rooms have Computer access with the latest Design programs installed. The department has seven staff which includes two Technicians. Each staff member focuses on a different Design area, Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Engineering. All staff work across subject areas to share expertise and knowledge and to encourage flexibility and innovation for both staff and students.

At KS3 students have one lesson a week. A rotation of subject areas happens approximately every 13 weeks. Students are currently taught a range of disciplines, knowledge and processes which include - The complete design process, design sketching, orthographic drawing, isometric drawing and rendering, model making, materials/ingredients knowledge, project planning and management and evaluation. We encourage a strong emphasis on STEM for all areas.

At GCSE we currently follow the AQA specification for Textiles, Resistant Materials and Product Design. We follow WJEC for Food and Nutrition and BTEC for Engineering. Due to the change in specifications for D&T in 2017, from September 2017 we are likely to be offering a combination of Tec levels and GCSEs.

We also offer AQA A Level Textile Design.

We welcome trainee teachers and have in the past years assisted with the successful training and development of a number of trainees for Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.


At KS3 students have one lesson a week in which they are taught a range of disciplines including drawing and painting, textiles, sculpture, photography, ceramics and printmaking.

At GCSE we follow the AQA specification for both Art and Design and Photography and have an outstanding track record.

We welcome trainee teachers and have in the past 12 years assisted with the training and development of a large number of trainees. We work closely with Manchester Metropolitan University and as a school have been involved in School Direct since 2012 – when the scheme first started.

How to Apply

Please apply via the UCAS website>

UCAS code: 2Y72

Entry Requirements
You should be a graduate, with a minimum 2:2 degree classification which must be at least 50% relevant.
Typical degree subjects: 3D design, jewellery, metalworking, engineering, architecture, construction, product design.
School Direct Subjects

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