Design & Technology at Ysgol Bryn Elian

Studying Art, Design & Technology

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


  • Miss P. Milne – Head of Department, Teacher of Textiles, Child Development and Health and Social Care.
  • Miss S. Murrell – Second in charge, Teacher of Art and Health and Social Care
  • Mrs B. McKibben – Teacher of food (Head of Year 7)
  • Mrs R. Roberts – Teacher of Art, Design Technology
  • Mr D. Moore – Teacher of Design and Technology
  • Mr K. Wallis – Teacher of Design and Technology (Head of year 10)
  • Mr N. Humphreys – Teacher of Design and Technology, STEM
  • Mr G. Green – DT and Science Technician

Resources and Facilities

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, laser cutter and a new 3D printer. All rooms are aesthetically pleasant and have a pleasing environment for pupils to work in.

Design and Technology

At Key Stage 3, the Design and Technology curriculum is divided into modules of Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Alternative Energy, Graphics 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. By the end of Key Stage 3 pupils should be achieving a level 6/7.

Pupils at Key Stage 4 currently opt to study, Food and Nutrition, Resistant Materials, Child Development and Graphic Communication. We deliver courses via the WJEC syllabus. G.C.S.E. courses have three periods during A week and two periods during B week.

As of September 2017, GCSE Design Technology will have a new specification. Product Design will be incorporated into the subject. With the marking being at 50% coursework and 50% written examination. All specifications are design and make briefs that are internally assessed and externally moderated.


At Key stage 3, art is taught at one lesson per week and three units per school year. Each unit has approximately 5 areas which are marked as a National Curricular level. At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils should be achieving a level 7.

Art units consist of introduction to Art, drawing from observational, portraits, clay modelling, looking at artists work such as Picasso and Kandinsky, printing, 3D work and using different cultures to enhance pupils work. At GCSE (WJEC) pupils will develop drawing, painting and making skills. Pupils will learn how to research work of other artist and art from other countries. Coursework is 60% and the externally set assignment (examination) is 40% which is usually done over a period of two days. Both are added together to work out a final grade by the WJEC examination board.

The WJEC AS and A level specification in Art and Design has been designed to provide engaging and innovative creative learning experiences, where art, craft and design practice is meaningfully integrated with theoretical knowledge and understanding.

AS Level (1 Unit) An extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The Enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work.

A Level (2 further units) Consists of two integrated constituent parts: 1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance. 2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

Link to the Art Website