Our curriculum is designed to make sure that students have the opportunities that they need to be successful. Our aim is that young people will achieve their potential to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.

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Technology & Design

The ethos behind the teaching of Science at Cullybackey College is to try and capture a pupil’s natural curiosity about the world around them and in turn to inspire them to develop that curiosity into learning that is both active and independent.


Technology & Design

Levels Taught:



Mr H Davidson – (HoD)
Mrs J Greer
Ms L Kelly
Mr W Baird (Technician)

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Year 8 

  • Introduction to Technology and Design
  • Health and Safety
  • Project 1 Photo Holder (Plastics)
  • Project 2 Christmas Decoration (Electronics)
  • Project 3 Key Fob Torch (Plastics and Electronics)
  • Project 4 Magic Note Holder (Wood and Mechanisms)

All projects include simple Design and Communication of ideas through 2 and 3D graphics.

Year 9

  • Health and Safety plays an integral role in all practical projects.

  • Project 1 Steady Hand Game provides pupils with an insight into electronic design using the computer program crocodile clips to model a suitable circuit. Pupils manufacture an electronic circuit, soldering components unto the PCB. Pupils manufacture the container using wood, metal and plastic.
  • Project 2 Mobile Phone Holder Pupils use their knowledge of plastics to design a suitable device to hold a mobile phone which allows pupils to be creative whilst designing for a specific need. This project also allows pupils to be introduced to 2D computer design using AutoCAD and CAM (computer aided manufacture) using the Laser Cutter.

Year 10

Pupils should be able to work much more independently having gained skills and knowledge of processes and materials.

  • Project 1 Automatic Night Light, Pupils model the circuit using computer software and construct a circuit on a PCB which will turn on LED’s when it gets dark. Pupils realize the lamp in a combination of materials.
  • Project 2 Storage Container, Pupils use their design skills and knowledge of wood to manufacture a container to hold items of their choice.
  • Pupils are introduced to CAD packages which they use to complete design drawings.

Pupils have been given an insight into Technology and Design throughout Key Stage 3 and the employment opportunities which exist in the world of work. This should give the opportunity to make an informed choice to which career path they wish to follow and the subject choices in Key Stage 4.

Subjects offered in the Technology Department at Key Stage 4

1. GCSE Construction in the Built Environment
2. GCSE Engineering
3. Occupational Studies Carpentry & Joinery
4. GCSE Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies

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GCSE Construction in the Built Environment

This qualification features up-to-date content that reflects modern-day practices in the construction industry. It encourages students to develop their knowledge of the construction industry and the built environment. They then apply this knowledge in relevant and work-related contexts. They learn to interpret drawings of domestic buildings and explore the materials and sustainable methods used in domestic and commercial construction. The specification also helps students to appreciate the importance of health and safety in the construction industry.

To enhance their practical skills, students complete a craft project based on woodwork. They also develop their computer aided design (CAD) knowledge, understanding and skills by producing a portfolio of work.

GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has four units:

Unit 1: Introduction to the Built Environment 25%
Unit 2: Sustainable Construction 25%
Unit 3: The Construction Craft Project 25%
Unit 4: Computer Aided Design in Construction. 25%

GCSE Technology and Design

The GCSE Technology and Design specification encourages students to be innovative and prepared to take design risks.

Students explore the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries, as well as the importance of high quality technology and design.

Our GCSE Technology and Design specification provides students with a core of knowledge in the following key areas before they choose to specialise in one:

  • electronic and microelectronic control systems
  • mechanical and pneumatic control systems
  • product design.

There are two written exams, each worth 25% of the final mark, and a design and manufacturing project worth 50%.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Science and Technology Area of Learning and the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using ICT.
This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Technology and Design Core Content
  • Unit 2: Optional Areas of Study