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Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School     
Merthyr Dyfan Road
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Vale of Glamorgan

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Design Technology

Design Technology

Design Technology is an exciting area which allows students the unique opportunity to experience different approaches to solving problems. The subject uses modern techniques and equipment to develop the student’s ability to ‘think’ in different ways and to represent their ideas and solutions using many different processes and materials. Design technology is one of the few subjects to develop the student’s ability to respond to challenges. A flexible problem solving approach is increasingly becoming one of the main requirements of an employee.

Staff List

D Oliver (Head of Department)

T Young (Associate Assistant Head Teacher)

J Alford

C Brown (Assistant Head Teacher)


The Design Technology course Introduces and extends the pupils knowledge and skills gained throughout the previous years, through project based assignments in graphics and resistant materials. Students are given the opportunity to develop their thinking and problem solving skills throughout the whole Key Stage. The projects encourages students to work individually and in groups, to express their ideas in a clear, creative manner leading to a range of practical skills in a variety of materials such as wood, metal and plastics. Specific projects help the pupils gain an understanding of mechanisms and control, some help promote teamwork and problem solving through practical activities, and some help them experience electronics, CAD/CAM and other modern industrial equipment and machinery. All projects help the pupils gain experience of graphical illustration and presentation techniques. The students learn to follow the design process from brief to the initial design ideas through to a practical conclusion. All pupils will experience at least nine different Design Briefs throughout key Stage 3.


Design Technology (Resistant Materials). Resistant materials is about designing and making innovative products which reflect developments in industry. Pupils will follow a chosen design brief, learn how to manipulate ‘hard’ materials such as metals, plastics and wood etc. through interesting practical tasks. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their skills in designing, planning, construction, graphical illustration and CAD/CAM through a series of focused tasks to produce products such as lights, storage solutions, furniture etc.

Key Areas of Design Technology include:

Problem Solving

Investigations and Market Research

Internet Research

Product Analysis

Graphical Illustration

Layout and Presentation

Designing and Manufacturing

Planning and Evaluating

Traditional and Modern industrial practice



Product Design - The course entails one major project in each year that consists of a portfolio providing detailed investigation, design and detailed development of a final solution to a given problem. One fully functional practical piece and one examination. Course skills to include - Problem Solving, Investigation, Market research, Product Analysis, Graphics, Designing, Testing, Planning, Creating, Evaluating, 3-D CAD/CAM