Norton College

Norton College

11 - 19 School & Sixth Form Centre

"Pupils are prepared well for life after school"

Ofsted, 2023

I work hard to achieve my full potentialI am resilient and believe that anything is possible with effortI take pride in myself, my college and my communityI am confident, self motivated and ambitious to achieveI am known and respected as an individual.I engage in all aspects of college life with enthusiasm
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Design Technology

Design Technology

Subject/Curriculum Leader: Helen Marshall/Gemma McDonald

Visual communication and information underpins all creative learning within the subject of Graphic Design.  At Norton College, we recognise that all students have an individual experience, of the graphic world and this is nurtured throughout their education.  As a subject, we encourage students to develop their own creativity as well as understanding the work of other designers to help enhance and broaden their knowledge and experience of Graphic Design.  We strive so that our graphic students can achieve, promoting a knowledge and passion for the subject which can develop and flourish in a supportive and creative atmosphere.

The Graphic Design teaching team is dedicated and ambitious, with high aspirations for all students.  We have a dedicated team of 2 teachers, who share a wealth of teaching experience and professional experience.  We are well resourced within our studios with a wide range of drawing and ICT equipment.

The Graphic Design curriculum is delivered so that students have the opportunity to revisit skills, techniques and knowledge which is firmly embedded into their creative practise.  The curriculum has wider links to other subjects such as art, media, photography, music, design technology/food, product design, textiles and maths.  Students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities such as KS3 art club to develop their skills and passion for the subject. GCSE students have 5 lessons per fortnight.

Key Stage Three

Year 7, 8 and 9 have one art lesson per fortnight.  Our curriculum enables students to make a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary, whilst building skills in the core areas of study in design, research, making and evaluation. Embedded within each scheme of learning are design briefs which introduce students to client and user centred terminology and working methods.

Year 7, 8 and 9
Autumn term 

What is Graphic Design?
Typography, including design and research work based on the graphic artist Paul Thurlby.
Design Brief 1: NHS ‘Healthy Lifestyles’
Design Brief 2: Halifax @

Year 7, 8 and 9
Spring term 

Isometric and Orthographic drawing
Design Brief: iPhone ‘The Next Generation’

Year 7, 8 and 9
Summer term 

Design Brief: Packaging Design or Audio Cards

Key Stage Four


They will learn about designing and making of products. 

This could include: 

lamps, storage boxes, furniture, bird houses etc

Skills include: 

A wide range of decorative techniques used to enhance materials, such and Computer aided design, laser cutting, engraving etc. as well as complex methods of assembly products by hand, or a range of tools and machinery. 

 Assessment information: 

50% coursework based around research, designing and making a resistant material product. 

50% theory exam based around Core technical principles 
In addition: 
• at least 15% of the exam will assess Maths 

• at least 10% of the exam will assess Science 

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