Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School, and to our website.

We are absolutely determined to provide an exceptional standard of education for every child that comes to our school, so that they have the opportunity to lead happy and successful lives. In order for that to happen, our students need to do two simple things - work hard and be kind.

We are a welcoming and caring school that also has exceedingly high expectations of every single one of our students. We take great pride in enabling them to grow and to flourish.

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Subject Leader: Mr P Bland

The Design & Technology Department aims to create an environment that provides exciting stimuli for boys and girls of all ages, abilities and cultures, giving a broad and balanced approach to Design & Technology with a special attention to “hands on” experience across a wide range of activities.

Projects undertaken take into account the wide variety of interests that students may have and enable them to learn about and use a process   in which they need to identify, design, make and evaluate, as well as acquiring knowledge of design methods, experience of materials and techniques and an awareness of technological concepts. The students should develop a sound understanding of safety requirements as an integral part of all Design & Technology activities. They should also develop an awareness of the social implications of Design & Technology, perceptual sensitivity, aesthetic judgement and the ability to design functionally for a variety of situations.

The approach to Design & Technology in the school integrates all parts of the subject and makes the student aware that there is not always one correct answer. Open mindedness is encouraged and divergence of thought sought. It would be hoped that the Design & Technology process would encourage and foster in students an independence of thought and action.

The Department consists of well-equipped learning environments including two light workshops, a construction workshop, theory suite, textiles room and two food technology rooms, one with a more commercial set-up.


At Year 7 we follow a skill based learning programme incorporating projects that will introduce and develop skills such as finding out and reporting, problem solving, teamwork and communication.

The Food and Textile projects included in Years 8 and 9 effectively combine theoretical and practical tasks that encourage students to encompass these fundamental skills throughout the design process.

In Textiles Technology, students are taught to embellish fabrics through a variety of mediums such as dyeing methods, appliqué and CAD/ CAM. These are combined with a range of sewing styles to produce quality and original outcomes and products.

In Food Technology, students are taught to develop their individual capabilities, knowledge and understanding through focused practical tasks, product analysis activities and design and make assignments. The students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of projects, these will focus on healthy eating, multicultural foods and designing and making their own products that meet a variety of client and customer needs.

As they progress through, the students continue to develop Design & Technology capability by combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding. They begin to study existing products to see how others have solved similar problems.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are taught techniques for exploring and developing ideas including   sketching   and   rendering, annotated drawings, 3D mock ups and computer simulation Sometimes the students work on their own, sometimes in pairs and, on occasions, as a member of a team. They will use aspects of mathematics, science and art.


In Design & Technology, a range of courses allow students to study an area of technology in depth.

The focus areas offered are WJEC

(a)  Product Design

(b)  Textiles

These are taken as a full GCSE Course.

Each course has a two hour written examination worth 50% of the overall grade with the remaining 50% consisting of the NEA. This will involve students producing an individual design and make project in which they are required to research a design context, generate a number of iterations and manufacture a solution which best satisfies the requirements they have identified. Evaluation of their ideas and research, materials, production techniques and their own performance is an important and integral part of each project. Both courses are taught through a range of theory and practical tasks with an emphasis on learning through experience and consolidating knowledge through exam style questions.

Hospitality and Catering -  Technical Award

Aims of the course

This is an exciting course from Eduqas (WJEC) offering a level 1 / 2 qualification in Hospitality and Catering. Learners will gain an overview of the hospitality and catering industry and the type of job roles that may be available to assist them in making choices about progression. It will also equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and prepare food. It will also allow them to apply the principles of nutrition, sustainability and healthy eating.

Following this qualification will encourage learners to cook and enable them to make informed decisions about food, nutrition and budgeting to allow them to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and in later life. It will also allow students to explore sustainability issues related to food issues, including seasonality, food miles and availability, Fairtrade and freedom foods. Course Content

The course will be made up of the following modules;

• Hospitality in catering in context.  You will investigate and learn how the hospitality service operates, learn about the environment in which operators work and visit local hotels to help visualise the services offered.

• Investigate food hygiene, including completing a basic food hygiene qualification.

• Principles of nutrition, diet and good health. You will be looking at the role of the main nutrients in the diet, their sources, function and deficiency disease.

• Where food comes from and food related sustainability issues.

• Cooking and food preparation

Eduqas WJEC Hospitality & Catering Level 1/2

Unit 1
The Hospitality and Catering Industry

External assessment; Written examination 90 minutes. 40% of qualification.

Unit 2
Hospitality and Catering in Action

Internal assessment, External modification;  Non-Examination Assessment. Research, prepare, cook and present dishes.  9 hours (including 4 hour practical assessment) 60% of qualification.

Beyond Technical Award

Successful completion of this qualification could support entry to qualifications that develop specific skills for work in hospitality and catering such as:

• Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery or Hospitality and Catering Principles (professional cookery)

• WJEC Level 3 Food, Science and Nutrition

• GCE in Home Economics/Design and Technology (Food Technology)

• Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management (VRQ)

• Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership principles (QCF)

• Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (professional cookery)

• Level 3 Award in Practical Food Safety Supervision for Catering (QCF)

This course can also lead to careers in Environmental Health, Childcare, Dietician and Nutrition, Food Industry Nutritionist and New Product Development.


The Department offers a BTEC L2 Certificate in Engineering qualification relevant to students wishing to pursue a career in engineering, which will complement their studies in science and mathematics.

This qualification is a nationally recognised work related course that is broadly equivalent to one GCSE grade A*-C. It consists of the study of two mandatory units including an online examination and one optional unit based on engineering, chosen to give students the most relevant skills for employment in the area.

The optional unit involves some practical work such as making engineered products by cutting, shaping and joining materials in the workshops, learning how to apply mathematics and physics to engineering.

Issues and ideas will be explored that make students consider factors such as the appearance and quality of a product, how it is produced safely and to be environmentally friendly, the part that new technologies have to play in engineering and manufacturing and the effects they all have on society.


We also offer WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment which offers a learning experience that focuses applied learning, such as acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through relevant and purposeful tasks set in sector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.

It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study how buildings are constructed. The applied purpose provides the opportunity for authentic work related learning, but more than this, it will require learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment.  The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment:

Unit 1

Safety and security in construction is externally assessed. This is an online assessment which is 60 minutes long.

Unit 2

Practical construction skills is internally assessed, through students demonstrating their practical skills for given tasks.

Unit 3

Planning construction projects will be internally assessed where students will be required to demonstrate their planning skills for a given context in the form of a detailed written assignment.


The WJEC A/S and Full A Level Product and Design Course  gives students the opportunity to further develop their skills in designing and making which were gained through the study of any one of the three Design & Technology options at GCSE.

Both courses are essentially about identifying and solving real problems, with students able to work in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests or intended careers.

In studying Design & Technology, students will develop the transferable skills of analysis, research, and evaluation. The high degree of coursework develops the ability to work independently through a tutorial system. The case-study gives an opportunity for candidates to look in depth at a possible career area or study design in its broadest sense.

BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level, is offered to students wishing to extend their GCE AS and A Level studies towards the area of employment that they wish to enter. It consists of studies in two mandatory units plus four further optional units, chosen for the most relevant skills and build upon many of the skills studies in the BTEC Extended Certificate.






Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Dear Parents and Students

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

In our school we encourage everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and each other as together we Learn to Lead our Lives.

We are proud of our students’ academic achievements.  Just as importantly, we are a school that cares.  We believe that students need to feel comfortable and secure in order to learn and, as a school, we put as much emphasis on creating a supportive and happy environment as we do on academic success.  We achieve both.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the very best learning and life for the young people in our care.

Vaughan Davies

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