At Key Stage 3, Years 7 and 8, students follow a number of broad and varied schemes of work. These schemes of work are tiered to support the learner to achieve, no matter what level they are targeted at. Students cover Food and Nutrition, Textiles,  Resistant Materials and Product Design.

Useful websites to support learning include:


The current specifications studied within KS 4 for year 11 : WJEC Catering

Topics covered:  Basic Catering Skills  Food Preparation  Health and Hygiene  Menu Planning  Dietary Requirements  Healthy Eating

For year 9 students currently studying Catering, due to the changes with the the new GCSEs we are awaiting approval of all relevant specifications before making a judgement on the level 2 course best suited to our students. In the meantime students are currently building on the catering skills required for all these courses as well as relevant knowledge on hygiene and nutrition.

Child Development

The current specifications studied within KS 4: WJEC Home Economics: Child Development

Topics covered:  Family and Child  Food and Health  Pregnancy  Physical Development  Intellectual Development  Social and Emotional Development


Design and Technology 


In the Design Technology department at Chesterfield High school we are able to offer both a GCSE Design and Technology course or a Design Technology technical skills award.

The new technical Awards give 14–16 year olds a more ‘hands on’, practical approach to learning. With a greater focus on specialist skills, students can concentrate on the area they are really interested in. Students will also get the chance to gain valuable transferable skills in research, team working, communication and collaboration. The new Technical Award, Materials Technology, is equivalent to a single GCSE. These exciting new qualifications will be made up of three units; a written exam worth 40% and two internally assessed units worth 30% each. The first unit is a demonstration of technical skills and the second will be a making project, allowing students to showcase the skills they have developed.

The new GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

It allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

The GCSE Design Technology award is a combination of all the Design Technology areas like Textiles, Resistant Materials and Electronics. It has a an equal 50/50 split for exam and controlled assessment (coursework).

The course also includes a mathematical and scientific element to challenge students along with showing them the importance of Mathematics and Sciences in the design industry.

More information can be found at the following websites :,