GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Design & Technology challenges students to think about many key issues which affect people’s everyday lives. The course involves students designing and making a product for a specific target market. It develops problem solving skills, finding solutions before putting them into practice bringing real life and industry issues into the classroom.

Complementary Subjects.

Science Maths Engineering

Career Pathways.

Students who study Design & Technology can progress further to A Level Design & Technology: Product Design before a career in growth areas such as architecture, graphic and product design and project management. Higher education institutions view the subject favourably as it demonstrates curricular diversity and an ability to use a wide range of skills.

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Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting.

What's Assessed
• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

• Designing and making principles


How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 100 marks

• 50% of GCSE
Core technical principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Designing and making principles (50 marks)

A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Non-exam assessment (NEA)