Leeds West Academy


Technology and Work-Related Learning

Technology and Work Related Learning

The Design Technology and Work Related Learning department is a creative, friendly and positive environment where all the students are expected to work hard and achieve highly. The department encompasses a diverse range of subjects including Engineering, Food and Nutrition, Hair and Beauty, Children's Play Learning Development, Textiles, Health and Social Care.

High quality work and behaviour are expected across the department and all our learners are supported by enthusiastic and positive staff who plan and deliver highly motivational and engaging lessons that are real to life. There is a strong emphasis on the individual needs of all learners and along side the fantastic facilities and opportunities we provide we can assure a vibrant and exciting curriculum that maximises learner outcomes.

All lessons are taught in a practical environment and learners are encouraged to develop their skills across the subject range. We have two fully equipped Food and Nutrition rooms, an Engineering area, a Resistant Materials room, a Textiles classroom and a fully equipped professional Hair and Beauty Salon.

At Key Stage 3, all students complete a term in the four core areas of Design Technology: Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Resistant Materials. At the end of Year 9 students can then choose a Technology subject to study as part of their two-year Key Stage 4 pathway.

Educational visits and trips form a significant aspect of our key Stage 4 curriculum; we believe experience in the work place and industry highlights the exciting career opportunities that are available for our learners once they are successfully qualified in one of our GCSE, BTEC qualifications. 

Courses in Technology and WRL

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE Design Technology (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition (AQA)
  • BTEC Level 1 & 2 Tech Award in Child Development
  • BTEC Level 1 & 2 Tech award in Health and Social Care
  • NCFE Level 1 & 2 Tech award in Engineering
  • VTCT Level 1/ 2 in Hair and Beauty


Term By Term Schemes of Work


KS3 Curriculum Roadmap 


KS4 GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition 


KS4 Child Development Roadmap


KS4 Health and Social Care Roadmap


KS4 Design and Technology Roadmap 


KS4 Engineering Roadmap 


KS4 Hair and Beauty Roadmap



For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Mrs Hannah Harrison (Curriculum Leader for Technology and Work Related Learning) -by phone on 0113 229 5454 or by email Harrison.h@whiteroseacademies.org