Design & Technology

As a team the Design and Technology Department aims to provide a safe working environment where our pupils can broaden their experiences, learn about materials, manufacture processes and use resources to enhance their making skills.

The department has well-equipped wood, metal and plastics workshops that provides an excellent environment for working with a wide range of materials and processes. The department also boasts a number of Computer Aided Manufacture machines that help keep the pupils up to date with modern technology and manufacturing techniques.

Our design studio is fitted out with a complete PC suite of networked computers for the Computer Aided Design, word processing and the application of other computer based work in the department.

Mr A. White – Head of Design and Technology


The GCSE Design and Technology Course

The syllabus offered is Design and Technology:  Resistant Materials Technology.  Each year we have around thirty pupils in this year group that choose this subject. The course consists of two units.  Unit 1 focuses on Resistant Materials Technology theory and results in an exam at the end of Form IV (Year 10).  Unit 2 is a Design and Make project which starts in the Summer Term in Form IV (Year 10) and finishes at the end of the Lent Term in Form V (Year 11).

Design and Technology – Assessment

Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities (60%)

Students will be expected to complete a design and make activity. These activities can be linked (combined design and make) or separate (design one product, make another). This coursework should be completed during normal timetable periods and prep time and should represent around 40 hours work, usually from the Summer Term in Form IV (Year 10) to the end of the Lent Term in Form V (Year 11).

(This unit is marked internally and externally moderated)

Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant Materials Technology (40%)

Students apply their knowledge and understanding of Resistant Materials Technology through multiple choice, short-answer and extended-writing type questions.  The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

AS/A Level

At A-Level the syllabus offered is Design and Technology GCE A/AS : Product Design. Each year we have just under ten pupils in each year group that choose this subject. The course consists of four units, two in each year.  Unit 1 & 3 focus on Resistant Materials Technology theory and result in an exam at the end of each year.  Unit 2 & 4 are Design and Make projects which are completed under a high level of controlled assessment in the Design and Technology workshop.


DT1 – A study into the following areas of Product Design:  Designing and innovation; Product analysis; Materials and components; Industrial and commercial.

DT2 – The candidates undertake a design and make task which must be innovative and represent approximately 40 hours’ work.


DT3 – The synoptic module, bringing together ideas from all areas of the syllabus.  These include: Designing and innovation; Product analysis; Human responsibility; Public interaction; Materials and components; Industrial and commercial practice; Processes and Production systems and control.

DT4 – Candidates will undertake a single substantial project. The project requires candidates to demonstrate the integration of designing and making skills and knowledge and understanding.  The project should represent approximately 60 hours’ work.

We try as much as possible to bring the wider world into the department and run a number of very successful visits to industry, design studios, exhibitions, and to advertising and marketing companies. We have also had a number of visiting speakers and Old Monmouthians talk to the pupils about the world of Engineering and Design. This helps the department to cover all aspects of this subject in detail in preparation for the boy’s more senior school years and ultimately further education.

Beyond Monmouth School

The Product Design course will help students develop a wide variety of skills including product analysis and research, communication and presentation of ideas, manufacturing processes, Computer Aided Designing and Manufacturing, testing and evaluation. It leads to careers in Engineering, Architecture, Industrial and Product Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, Three-Dimensional Design, Business Studies and Education.

Students gain an understanding and awareness of economic, political, social, aesthetic, cultural and environmental factors relevant to this subject area. They will also acquire skills and knowledge associated with the modern design and technological world in which we live.  Design is viewed as a dynamic process which considers human needs and values, society’s needs and how to respond to them. 

Students will learn to apply a variety of appropriate technologies to design problems within production processes. They will also recognise the need to take account of the external pressures which constrain designers when bringing about positive change in products, systems and the environment.

Peter Barnes – Arkwright Scholar 2014
Hamish Fawcett – Arkwright Scholar 2014
Harry Ravenhill – WJEC Prize winner 2013
William Helme – WJEC Prize winner 2012
Philip Modro – WJEC Prize winner 2012
Calvin Kwok – WJEC Prize winner 2010
Price Shroff – Arkwright Scholar 2010
John Plummer – Arkwright Scholar 2007