Design & Technology

“ Learning through enjoyment to be the best.”

"In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team."


The Technology Department at the Co-operative Academy Stoke on Trent is part of the CREATIVE TECHNOLGIES FACULTY and in an enviable position having such a modern well equipped department that covers the subjects of Engineering, Product Design ,Textiles and Electronics, & Food Technology ,with a main engineering workshop containing conventional tooling and also access to leading edge technologies such as Laser Cutting, 3 D Printing, CNC Machining, to name a few. 

Addtional extra curricular technology activities include:

Building a Greenpower race car entering national races across the country, 

Young Engineer of the Year competition against all local schools in the area,

Launching a weather balloon into space, students build a capsule, load on board computers, Go Pro cameras, GSM tracking and other goodies.   

National Curriculum:- Technology

The Academy has a fully equipped Technology department housing five dedicated teaching rooms and a fully equipped ICT area, including computer aided design, manufacturing facilities and leading edge 3D Printers providing a Micro manufacturing platform. The department has been designed with the students in mind to provide them with the best possible opportunities.

Each room has been equipped with modern facilities for the teaching of engineering technology, textiles, graphics, electronics and food technology.

Our technology team all work hard to help students develop as individuals and become creative thinkers and effective problem solvers.

Key Stage 3

All our students follow a varied curriculum covering the whole range of specialisms. They work through exciting and modern projects designed to stimulate and cover the national curriculum requirements. We work closely with the Maths and Science departments to deliver the Science Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM) agenda.

Key Stage 4

At the Academy we offer a variety of GCSE and V cert courses for our year 10 and 11 students. These include…

GCSE AQA Design & Technology in

  • Product Design Technology
  • Child Development

V CERTS: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in

  • Engineering Studies

CREATIVE STUDIES: CRAFT – Electronics & Textiles


A good qualification in either GCSE or V Cert gives our students the opportunity to follow a wide variety of courses when they leave the academy. It will also provide a strong foundation for other work-based training opportunities such as apprenticeships.