Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower



Key Staff

  • Mr N Millar
  • Miss R McCormack

Technology is part of the curriculum at Wellington College and is taught throughout all of KS3, and offered to students for GCSE and A-Level.

Technology and Design Visit

A group of Year 13 and Year 14 Technology and Design pupils, accompanied by Mr Gaffney and Mr Hamilton, attended an interactive lecture called the Faraday Show in the Waterfront Hall Belfast. This was organised by Sentinus, on behalf of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Faraday 07 - Winning Formula: Technology in the Fast Lane was a one hour interactive show about the exciting world of Formula 1 and the technology behind the race teams. Of the 11 Formula 1 teams in the world, eight are based in the UK, so it's a thriving industry for engineering and technology.
The Faraday show is all about communicating to young people how exciting and varied a career in science, engineering and technology can be. 

Supported by Renault F1, Williams F1, ProDrive, Bentley and BallRacing Developments, Faraday 07 ‘reversed' one year from that coveted place on the podium and looked at how Formula 1 engineering and technical teams develop their cars to achieve the greatest efficiency for the best performance possible.

With live demonstrations, the audiences were taken on a journey through gearing; suspension; forces; aerodynamics; steering and cornering that helped us to make decisions on the specifications of two virtual cars for the finale IET race. The final race saw two teachers from the audience complete one lap of Silverstone against each other on professional F1 training simulators. Sadly it was not our teachers picked for the race, but it was a fun and informative day and everyone appreciated seeing Technology and Design applied in a working and exciting environment.

- David Payne (Year 14 Pupil)

Year 8

  • Key Fob - Engraved with CNC
  • Balancing parrot
  • Acrylic/Aluminium Identity Tag (CNC)
  • Graphics module (intrinsic to modules)

Year 9

  • Automata - wooden mechanism
  • Sheet Holder - wood outcome
  • Acrylic Pencil Case engraved with CNC
  • Graphics module (intrinsic to modules)

Year 10

  • Continue with Buggy - to include mechanism and electronics
  • Wooden Stool
  • Computer control
  • Computer graphics (Focused Tasks X 2 for GCSE)

Specification: Technology & Design

Examining Board: CCEA

Course Content

Designing – evaluate products, generating ideas, engaging in creative questioning and thinking, producing specifications.

Communicating – use latest graphics techniques effectively with appropriate vocabulary.

Manufacturing – use a range of tools and equipment on a range of materials and components in a variety of processes.

Energy and Control – understand that there are various types of control systems including mechanical, electronic and pneumatic.

Coursework Requirements   

Students considering Technology & Design should:

  • Enjoy designing and making their own products
  • Confident and responsible in solving real life problems through creative solutions
  • Enjoy graphical communications
  • Use IT tools to record, process, and present information
  • Appreciate that there are various types of control systems

Summary of Examination Information

Students must be assessed on Units 1, 4 and 5, and either Unit 2 or Unit 3.

Teaching & Learning Units



Unit 1:

Technology and Design Core

 Externally assessed written paper

Examination lasts 1 hour


Unit 2:

Systems and Control


Unit 3:

Product design


Externally assessed written paper

Examination lasts 1 hour


Unit 4:

Design assignment

Controlled assessment 1 20%

Unit 5:

Design project

Controlled assessment 2 40%

Specification: Technology & Design

Examining Board: CCEA

Course Content Focus

Double Award Certificate

NQF Level 2 Technology and Innovation

NQF Level 2 Engineering and Engineering Services

  • Equivalent to Double Award GCSE points at A*-C.
  • Assessment totally based on workshop activity.
  • Accessible to a wide range of learners.
  • Learners apply their knowledge in practical, work related situations and contexts.
  • Facilitate learning with an occupational and employability focus at KS4.
  • Provides for a coherent and balanced qualification: and
  • Enables progression to other courses and to training and employment.

Coursework Requirements

Students considering this course should:

  • Enjoy making their own products.
  • Enjoy IT graphical communications.
  • Use IT tools to record, process, and present information.
  • Enjoy soldering components onto printed circuit boards.

Summary of Course Content Information

Teaching and Learning Units - Year 11

Assessment Area


Technology and Innovation
  • Joinery
  • Computer Aided Design

NQF Level 2

Single Award Certificate


Teaching and Learning Units - Year 12

Assessment Area


Engineering and Engineering Services
  • Electronic Circuit Construction
  • Plumbing Techniques

NQF Level 2

Single Award Certificate

EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

Examining Board – EDEXCEL

Course Description

This two year course will focus on a familiar range of engineering aspects and is classified as a National Diploma. Year 14 pupils will therefore have the opportunity to attain the equivalent of 2 GCE A levels.

The BTEC qualifications will give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications provide career development opportunities for progression to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.

Over the two year course, the completion of the following six compulsory units of work

  1. Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  2. Communications for Engineering Technicians
  3. Engineering Project
  4. Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  5. Mechanical Principles and Applications
  6. Electrical and Electronic Principles

Plus a further five chosen from a list of fifty other units, These extra units will be at the teacher’s discretion.

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrate an interest in general engineering crafts
  • Capable of producing coursework assignments to a high standard and within set deadlines.

The Technology and Design Department takes every opportunity to promote careers and specifically in areas where Engineering makes a major contribution. We are conscious that these areas range much more widely than simply the academic, and that there are career paths to suit a range of abilities and interests. Within classroom teaching, we frequently refer to applications of the topics under study, and to the occupations which arise from these areas, indeed within each scheme of work Careers is highlighted as a related subject area. So our classes will be informed about obvious occupations such as electricians and civil engineers, but will also see product manufacturers and designers, medical technicians and radiographers, sound engineers and astronomers, environmental scientists and archaeologists all at work in video and DVD material.

Some of the more structured approaches include:

• Careers information on notice boards and careers materials readily available in each room

• Engineering Education Scheme: Wellington College Physics and T&D departments have entered a team of four Y13 students for this Sentinus project for a number of years, in partnership with Valpar Plastics, Bangor. The company sets a real problem/need each year for the team to solve, involving the full range of planning, design and construction skills. The pupils present their chosen solution to a team of judges. These students are also eligible for Gold Crest Awards.

• Nuffield Engineering Bursary: Wellington encourages the best A-Level students to apply for these bursaries, in the form of summer employment placement.

• GETSET: Each year two or three girls in years 12 or 13 are involved in the Sentinus project, introducing them to engineering careers for a week

In this year's revision of the Year 10 coursework we intend to include a section on careers relevant to each topic. These sections will require pupils to research a career for homework. For example the ‘energy’ section will include information on careers involving recycling, harnessing renewable energy, transportation and engineers work ranging from agriculture to conservation. Through STEM, a government sponsored initiative set up to promote Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics, our department is actively seeking all types of support to broaden the available opportunities for our pupils. Further information can be accessed from the following sites:



Students who studied Technology and Design to A2 Level have pursued university courses and careers in areas such as:

  • Product Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Graphic Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Teaching
  • Architecture
  • Set and Special Effects Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Computer Operator
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Inventor
  • Network and Communications Analyst
  • Construction
  • Interior Designer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer

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