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Design & Technology


Welcome to the Design & Technology Department

Design & Technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to 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. High quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Across the department there is a clear focus on developing pupil’s confidence and skills. Pupils are encouraged to work independently whilst developing an organised and methodical approach to their studies. High standards are expected throughout and the department has a reputation for helping pupils to achieve excellent exam results.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 pupils experience working in all four subject areas through a carousel system. All pupils are timetabled 4 lessons a fortnight. The approach will be the same throughout; where pupils are given a design brief and follow the principles of the design process to produce a viable solution whilst developing a range of skills.  

In year 7 pupils undertake a module of

Food Technology

Healthy Eating

Where they learn how to carry out good hygienic and safety practices within the kitchen and are taught basic culinary skills, as well as how to weigh and measure correctly. The module focuses on educating pupils on the importance of a healthy diet and they have the opportunity to make nutritionally balanced snacks such fruit salad, coleslaw, vegetable crisps and dip. 

Textiles Technology

Bags for Life

Where they learn to set up and use the sewing machine safely. They use these new skills to produce a Bag for Life in response to a design brief which considers the environmental impact of using carrier bags. In addition they use computer aided design and manufacture techniques to produce designs and labels for their bags. Pupils are taught the importance of producing good quality outcomes and the need to document their work carefully and accurately.

Systems and Control

Mini Flashlights

The main aim of this module is for pupils to learn how to apply and combine their understanding of electrical control when designing and making. They also develop and practise graphic communication techniques. In this module, pupils tackle a design and make assignment (DMA) on the theme ‘an electronic torch’, in which they produce a simple electronic torch.

Pupils gain the knowledge; skills and understanding they need to carry out the DMA successfully through product evaluation activities and focused practical tasks.

Resistant Materials

In Year 7 pupils learn how to safely use basic workshop
tools as well as some of the larger pieces of machinery. 
The project is focused around developing skills in metal
work and pupils have the opportunity to design and create
a textured copper bracelet.

In year 8 pupils again experience all four subject areas and the focus is on developing skills and independence.


Food Technology


This module continues with the healthy theme but focuses more on baked goods such as flapjacks, muffins, rock buns and biscuits.  This module provides an excellent opportunity for pupils to experiment with different flavour combinations and develop the recipes to suit their individual taste.

The Textile Technology

Soft furnishings

This module allows the pupils to develop their use of the sewing machine as well as learning new skills such as cutting out and decorative techniques. The pupils produce a cushion, which enables them to be creative in their use of colour and pattern.

Systems and Control

Hand held games

The main aim of this unit is to develop pupils’ designing skills and to teach them about designing for clients.

In this unit, pupils tackle a design and make assignment (DMA) on the theme ‘Hand held Games’. They develop a game that is machined out using a CAD/CAM machine. Their game should be of a basic design that can be varied or personalised for particular clients.

Resistant Materials


 The main aim of this unit is to develop pupils’ understanding of structures  and to teach them about designing for client. In this unit, pupils tackle a  design and make assignment (DMA) on “crossing a river”. They design  and make a bridge with the assistance of CAD and general workshop  tools. Their design will be tested to meet the client’s specifications.

 In year 9 pupils are given the opportunity to select two of the four subject  areas within D&T to study. This allows the department to offer more  involved higher level modules which not only help to bridge the gap  between KS3 and KS4 but also enable pupils to reach a higher level at the end of key stage 3.

Pupils can select from modules in

Food Technology


During this module pupils begin to develop the high level skills that are required for KS4 by making pastry products. Pupils learn to make a range of sweet and savoury recipes using both shortcrust and puff pastry, and they establish a more in depth knowledge about the nutritional content and purpose of the ingredients that they use.


Sock Monkeys

During this module pupils are encouraged to work creatively to design and make a sock monkey. The skills developed during this module will be wide and varied in response to the pupils design ideas. A supplementary fashion module is also undertaken to introduce pupils to some of the areas of study of the KS4 Fashion and Textiles course.

Systems and Control

Electronic Clock
This unit is to develop pupils’ understanding of corporate branding. The main aim of this unit is to develop pupils’ designing skills and to teach them about designing for clients. The unit will brings together their knowledge of design, electronics and manufacturing techniques.

They develop their graphic communication techniques to tackle a design and make assignment (DMA) on the theme a Skate / Surf theme, in which they produce and electronic clock.

Pupils gain the knowledge; skills and understanding they need to carry out the DMA successfully through product evaluation activities and focused practical tasks.

Resistant Materials

Pull along toys

The Resistant Materials unit in Year 9 allows the pupils to carry out a  design and make assignment based on pull-along toys. The unit develops  problem solving skills and prepares pupils for similar work when  researching and designing products in KS4. During this unit pupils will  experience working with tools and machinery in the workshop environment  and will design and make a wooden toy which will incorporate a  mechanism that results in creating a secondary motion within the final  solution. Pupils are encouraged to work independently and will encounter  knowledge associated with the design process, mechanisms and motion, workshop H&S procedures, materials theory and numerous practical processes.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 the department currently offer 5 level 2 courses. All courses have a significant Controlled Task or Coursework element where pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills and produce high quality outcomes.

G.C.S.E Catering

Provides a unique opportunity for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within the subject in a vocational context. This is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. Catering and the service industry is one of the largest in the country, these courses will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work.

The Catering GCSE focuses primarily on developing culinary skills and knowledge. The course is weighted 60% controlled assessment and 40% written exam paper.  

The Catering controlled assessment is split into two tasks that both have a written and a practical element. The tasks are set yearly by WJEC and currently we are studying afternoon tea in Year 10 and international cuisine in Year 11.  

Topics covered include:

  • The industry - food and drink
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Costing and portion control
  • Specialist equipment
  • Communication and record keeping
  • Environmental considerations.

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BTEC level two Extended Certificate Fashion and Textiles.

The Extended Certificate Level two Art and Design course is used to deliver Fashion and Textiles at KS4. This course allows pupils to the flexibility to develop a wide range of Textile skills and credits them for the work produced throughout the two year course.  They are involved in a variety of projects that can be tailored to the pupil’s areas of interest. Projects that have been carried out recently include a fashion accessory project where pupils are designing for the on line retailer Etsy  and a group project where pupils have learnt batik and produced decorative panels which have been combined to produce a colourful quilt. In year 11 pupils are given the opportunity to respond to their own design brief and will produce a range of outcomes from fashion garments to interior design pieces to textile fine art. The school has strong links with the Fashion and Textiles courses at Trinity College in Carmarthen and regularly visits to take part in workshops.



G.C.S.E Child Development

This course provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years within a variety of contexts while maintaining the coherence inherent in this subject area. The course has two controlled task elements both worth 30% of the final grade. The first is a Child Study which is undertaken in year 10 and requires the pupils to carry out an in depth study and analysis of a young child’s Physical Development. As part of this task pupils will be required to plan and carry out and evaluate a number of tasks with the child. The second controlled task is undertaken in year 11 and focuses on food and nutritional requirements for young children and requires the pupils to research and develop healthy and nutritious meals for under 5’s.  Pupils also undertake a written exam worth 40% of the final grade covering all topics studied.

Topics studied include

  • Family and parenting
  • Conception
  • Pregnancy  and Child birth
  • Caring for new born
  • Physical, Intellectual, Social and Emotional Development from birth to 5 years old.
  • Health and safety, Special needs, how children learn.


All controlled task instructions and advice are available on Glan-y-Mor’s Moodle website, but are also currently being relocated to the HWB+ website which all pupils will have access to soon.



G.C.S.E Resistant Materials

Design and Technology offers an opportunity for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. The primary intention of the course is that candidates should design and make products.

Resistant Materials is about designing and making using a range of materials: mainly wood, metal and plastics. It offers many opportunities to be creative and requires students to develop problem solving skills and to develop their spatial awareness skills through practical work. Students will gain skills, knowledge and understanding about materials, processes, tools, machinery and equipment as well as industrial production and related environmental issues. The course is made up of a 60% controlled task element and a 40% written exam.

G.C.S.E Graphic Products

The Graphic Products course offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Graphic Products develops candidates' interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

The course provides opportunities for students to apply aesthetic, moral, social, economic and industrial awareness in their design work. Students are encouraged to use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical, ICT and modelling skills, to help their thinking and their ability to take action in the process of designing.

UNIT 1: GRAPHICS WRITTEN PAPER - Written Paper 2 hours (40%)

Candidates will be required to sit an examination of two hours' duration (split into two sections), set and marked by the WJEC.

UNIT 2: GRAPHICS TASK - Controlled Assessment 30 hours (60%)

The WJEC is responsible for 'task setting' and details of the controlled assessment tasks for Design and Technology will be forwarded to all centres yearly. Candidates are required to complete one 30 hour design, make and evaluate task. The task is divided into two sections. Section A is concerned with designing the product and Section B is concerned with planning, making and evaluating the product.


The Design Technology Department plays an active part in Extra Curricular activities. All subject areas run lunchtime and afterschool sessions for KS4 pupils, as well as holiday sessions where needed.  Recent additional extracurricular activities have involved the Farm Court project where RM and Construction pupils have made outdoor furniture for Farm Court Trust. “Fit for Life” cookery workshops laid on by the Royal Navy, visits to the Clothes Show and the Fashion and Textiles dept. of Trinity College and felting project carried out in conjunction with the National woollen Museum of Wales.


The department also takes a leading role in providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and maths) activities for all our pupils.  During the last year pupils have taken part in; See inside manufacturing days, Engineering for girls workshops, Teen Tech Challenge days, as well as visiting STEM Cymru’s Big Bang event at the Celtic Manor.  In the last couple of months a very successful transition project; The Lego First Challenge has resulted in the school winning a national competition, with a prize of a thousand pounds worth of robotic equipment, as well as the Burry Buddies team, made up of key stage two pupils from our primary feeder schools and key stage 4 pupils coming second in the South Wales round of the Lego robotics challenge.  Currently we have four teams taking part in the National Teen Tech Awards where they have been asked to come with innovative ideas for future products.