Design and Technology

Design and Technology – Resistant Materials: Developing creative design and quality manufacture.

Brymore students have achieved outstanding results in their Design and Technology GCSE, making us one of the highest achieving schools in Somerset for the subject area and stretching students to achieve to their full potential.

Design and Technology is a core part of the curriculum, which aims to equip students with qualities and experiences that will be applicable in a wide variety of contexts in their life after school. A wide range of practical skills are learnt in a variety of materials areas, giving students the opportunities to learn skills that they would not be able to develop to the same level at other schools. We emphasise the importance of independent thinking and learning as well as the designing and making skills that are taught in our well-equipped workshops.

Technology at Brymore in Key Stage 3

The expectations within Technology at Brymore are very high, our facilities mean we have an opportunity to offer boys a very real, hands-on experience of manufacturing skills that they could use for a career later on. Starting early we want the boys to develop their own sense of responsibility, teamwork and safety whenever they are in the workshops.

In order to get the best from each individual the Year 7 course is aimed at ‘Investigation’. Time is spent learning about and using the range of tools, machines and materials we have on offer. The building blocks for creative designing are established and we try to instil an independent approach that will allow each boy to do his very best.

We start with some baseline assessment tasks which look at the boys’ designing and workshop skills. Then over the course of the year boys will complete a softwood box, a metal candle sconce and an acrylic badge. Each of these projects will also have smaller, simpler tasks associated with them to build confidence and skill levels. The focus is very much on helping boys to improve their understanding by doing. Alongside the workshops, we work in the classroom to reinforce the practical learning by developing drawing techniques, exploring the design process and looking at design history.

By year 8 the emphasis changes to a more ‘cognitive’ approach, expecting the boys to show greater understanding and control of their environment. Projects include mechanisms, machine use in metalwork and designing products from limited resources. The aim is to create confident boys who can hone their skills and contribute positively to the world around them.

As they move through year 9 towards their GCSE we push hard for boys to show their ‘autonomy’, we feel it is vital that as young designers and makers they need to be independent learners and young adults who can express themselves but also know why they think like they do, becoming independent, resourceful and trustworthy students in all aspects of the workshops and theory lessons. Projects now include full design and make tasks like the Lamp project.

It is an intensive programme that is demanding for the boys; with the correct approach, it should prepare them for the rigours of GCSE and beyond.

Technology at Brymore for GCSE

Expectations are high. Brymore boys have a long standing reputation for producing high quality products. The final year GCSE projects always make an impressive display of imaginative design, organised working and attention to detail.


How many exams do I take and when?

50% Final exam – taken in the Summer of yr11.

50% Major Project & A3 Design portfolio – completed during yr11.


This is the course for those boys who enjoy the more technical aspects of the workshops such as precision measurement, quality manufacture and industry standard production. Students need to use maths and science in the study of engineering principles, we will also look at the way drawings are used to communicate information and how accuracy must be kept within a tolerance of less than a millimetre. Boys will gain an understanding of how Industrial practices affect an engineer’s work and how knowledge of the tools and materials needs to be applied to differing situations. Time will be divided between classroom theory and rigorous development of high grade hand fitting skills in the workshops.

What will the Engineering course be like?

The course we run at Brymore is highly challenging and students do need to be able to cope with the academic pressures of the theory elements as well as being prepared to hone practical skill level to industry standards.

EXAM BOARD:    NCFE – Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Studies

This course can be achieved at Pass/Merit/Distinction.

How many exams do I take and when?

Unit 1: Introduction to Engineering – Assessed through portfolio evidence in school.

Unit 2: Introduction to Engineering drawing – 3 Exams.

Unit 3: Tools and Equipment for Engineering – Assessed through portfolio evidence in school.

Unit 4: Engineering materials and their properties – Assessed through portfolio evidence in school.

Practical tasks: A series of precision manufactured pieces. Including checking & reporting on finished components.

Head of Design and Technology – Mr Austin