Curriculum Leader:

  • Mr D Lambert

Department Staff:

  • Mrs S Sharpe
  • Mr T Farrell
  • Mr P Cook

About the subject:

The Design and Technology department has three full time and one part time teaching staff. It has very good facilities and is housed in a purpose designed zone with the following areas:

  • Resistant materials workshop.
  • Product design classroom equipped with computers
  • Food technology classroom
  • Design/graphic products classroom equipped with computers
  • Textiles classroom

KS3 Overview:

Design and technology is taught on a carousel system in years 7, 8 and 9. Four areas of study are completed and assessed in each of the three year groups.

Year 7 programmes of study:

  • Introduction to food technology/focussed practical skills
  • Textiles – Ugly Doll
  • 2D design and make product
  • Steady hand game – Workshop based

Year 8 programmes of study:

  • Food technology – Welsh food products
  • Design – Designing a candle holder
  • Workshop – Manufacturing a candle holder
  • Technology Design Skills

Year 9 programmes of study:

  • Food technology – Healthy diet
  • Textiles – Zipped case
  • Design – Point of sale display
  • Workshop – Pewter Casting/Night Light project

Practical work is an important element of the KS3 curriculum.

KS4 Overview:

There are currently 2 GCSE courses in the department:

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Design and Technology – Product Design

Food and Nutrition

Exam Board: WJEC

Summary of assessment

Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition [40%]

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • This unit will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions.

Unit 2: Food and Nutrition in Action [60%]

  • Non-examination assessment.
  • Assessment 1: 10 hours – scientific food investigation
  • Assessment 2: 15 hours – food preparation assessment

Specification content

  • Food commodities
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Diet and good health
  • The science of food
  • Where food comes from
  • Cooking and food preparation

Design and Technology – Product Design

Exam Board: WJEC

Summary of assessment

Unit 1 : Written paper (2 hours) [50%]

  • This unit will consist of exam questions based on the theory work that pupils will undertake over the 2 years that they study the subject.
  • Theory work is split up into the areas of ‘Core knowledge and understanding’ and ‘In-depth knowledge and understanding :Product design’

Unit 2: NEA assessment task [50%]

  • Briefs are set by the exam board and released to school on 1st of June every year
  • Pupils have a minimum of 35 hours in school to complete their chosen task