Design Technology

Department Vision

Art and DT

Art and Design Technology is essentially a practical subject which encourages learners to recognise that the world around them has been created both by nature and by human intervention.

Learners have the opportunity to develop their designing and making skills as well as opportunities to progress and become an ambitious, capable learner, who is ready to learn throughout their lives. Importantly, they will build resilience when things go wrong and be able to learn from setbacks. They are taught healthy behaviours including positive mindset to help grow.

Introduction to the subject and it’s role as a disciplinary subject and within the AoLE

The four purposes are the shared vision and aspiration for every learner. We set high expectations for all, promote individual well-being, encourage critical thinking and they apply their prior learning to make progress in the subject areas.

Art – Expressive Arts AoLE

Art can engage, motivate and encourage learners to develop their creative and artistic skills to the full. Learners are encouraged to develop their appreciation for creative work of other people, but also their own creative and artistic skills. Learners have the opportunity to explore, refine and communicate idea.

DT – Science and Technology AoLE

The importance of Design and Technology in our modern world has been drivers of change in society, underpinning innovation and impacting on everyone’s lives economically, culturally and environmentally. As such, the Science and Technology Area of Learning Experience will be relevant in the opportunities for learners to encounter and the life choices that they make.

Staffing and Responsibilities

Miss P Milne

Teacher of Textiles, Health and Social Care and Childcare

Mr D Moore

Teacher of Art, DT, Engineering and Product Design

Mr K Wallis


Teacher of Art, DT and Product Design

Mr N Humphreys

STEM co-ordinator

Teacher of Art, DT, Engineering and Graphics

Mrs B McKibben

Head of Year 7

Teacher of Food, Hospitality and Catering and Health and Social Care

Miss A Jones

Teacher of Art and DT

Miss S Murrell

Teacher of Art

Mr G Green

DT and Science Technician

First aider


Year 7

AOLE – Expressive Arts

Exploring the ‘Elements of Art’. Creating artwork requires learners to develop and demonstrate control of a range of skills and an application of knowledge and practices and enables them to become curious and creative individuals.

Medieval is the theme for the Spring and Summer terms with a connection to Drama and Music.

Learners are taught to refine their work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes ensuring creative making is taking place and that learners are also able to be reflective in their recording of their personal presentation.


AOLE – Science and Technology

Learners are beginning to apply their experiences, skills and knowledge to design and problem solve engineering design solutions in response to needs and wants of society.

Year 7 work in a carousel bases, they complete 5 different Design and Technology areas throughout the school year. They learn about the process of designing, making and evaluating products and become more confident and thoughtful in each of these aspects as they progress through school.

Year 8 and 9


The skills and knowledge gained throughout Year 7 provide an excellent foundation for Year 8 and 9. Learners will build on their technical skills and use of the formal elements when creating their artwork. Students will produce work in a sketchbook and larger outside pieces.

Learners will record ideas and make connections to the formal elements and how these are used in the world around us. Learners also have the opportunity to work in a variety of media. Creating outcomes from designs and media developments.


Year 8 and 9 work in a carousel basis, with learners studying 5 aspects of Design and Technology. Using creativity and imagination, learners design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Learners take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Year 10 and 11


Learners will explore ideas, experiences and respond to a theme or issue of personal significance. They will look at different approaches to art and use a variety of different media, techniques and materials including drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media.

Learners will explore their imaginative, experimental side in their creative outcomes while gaining a knowledge of different artists and analysing artworks.

Coursework portfolio is 60% and the externally set assignment (examination) is 40% which is usually spread over a period of two school days.

Design & Technology

Pupils at Key Stage 4 currently opt to study, Hospitality and Catering, Product design, Health and Social Care and Childcare or Graphic Communication. We deliver courses via the WJEC syllabus.

Each subject covers, practical aspects and Non-examination Assessment.

Catering and Hospitality

Unit 1: The hospitality and catering industry Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes 40% of qualification.

Unit 2: Hospitality and catering in action Controlled assessment: approximately 12 hours 60% of qualification.


Unit 1: Manufacturing Engineering Products Controlled assessment: 20 hours 40% of qualification.

Unit 2: Designing Engineering Products Controlled assessment: 10 hours 20% of qualification.

Unit 3: Solving Engineering Problems Written examination: time of exam - 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification.

Graphic Communication

Coursework portfolio is 60% and the externally set assignment (examination) is 40% which is usually spread over a period of two school days.

Health and Social Care and Childcare

Unit 1: Human growth, development and well-being Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of Single Award qualification 20% of Double Award qualification.

Unit 2: Promoting and maintaining health and well-being Non-exam assessment: approximately 25 hours 60% of Single Award qualification.

Product Design

Unit 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century Written examination: 2 hours 50% of qualification.

Unit 2: Design and make task Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours 50% of qualification.

Yr 12 and 13


As unit 1 personal creative Enquiry, Non-examination assessment 40% of qualification.

A2 unit 2 personal investigation, Non-examination assessment 36% of qualification.

A2 unit 3 externally set assignment, Non-examination assessment 24% of qualification.

Health and Social Care and Childcare

AS Unit 1: Promoting health and well-being Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification.

AS Unit 2: Supporting health, well-being and resilience in Wales Non-exam assessment: approximately 30 hours 20% of qualification.

Careers and Opportunities

There are many different options to consider when thinking about a career in art and Design Technology.

By studying design and technology, you’ll be able to build up your creativity, problem solving, planning, and evaluation skills. Since many projects are done via group work, you’ll also gain communication and teamwork skills. Not to mention a great work out of your creativity bone!

Design and technology can set you up for a career in a wide variety of industries such as fashion, engineering, architecture, information technology, careers in hospitality, and even education.

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