Design & Technology at Ysgol Bryn Elian

Studying Design & Technology

The Art, Design and Technology at Ysgol Bryn Elian is a successful department, consisting of six teaching staff and supported by one technician. All staff contribute to the planning of courses and the writing of the Schemes of Work.


The department consists of seven rooms including two Art rooms, one Textile room, one Food room, two resistant Material workshops and an ICT room. Two interactive whiteboards are present within the department. All rooms are fully furnished with a range of facilities for working in all materials including CAD CAM and a new laser cutter. All rooms are aesthetically pleasing and have a pleasing environment.


At Key Stage 3, the Design and Technology curriculum is divided into modules of Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Alternative Energy and Systems and Control. Pupils rotate to experience the different material areas utilising the specialist staff's experience and classroom resources.


Year 7 have three periods a week, Year 8 have two periods a week and Year 9 have three periods a week.


Pupils at Key Stage 4 currently opt to study, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Child Development and Graphics. We deliver courses via the WJEC syllabus. All specifications are internally controlled assessed with a choice of three briefs. Pupils complete a design, make and evaluate task in 30 hours.


G.C.S.E. courses have three periods a week.


Design and Technology offer WJEC Product Design at As and A Level. Pupils follow the WJEC specification in which there is an emphasis on designing. Pupils develop their knowledge and skills learnt in previous years of Design and Technology.