What will be studied?
GCSE Design and Technology builds on the subject content taught during Years 7, 8 & 9. Students will study the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the design process. This involves exploring, creating and evaluating in a range of materials including electronics, resistant materials, graphics and textiles. The majority of the course is delivered through practical application.
Students will also study and demonstrate mathematical and scientific knowledge and understanding, in relation to design and technology.
Who will this course suit?
Students choosing this course should have an enthusiasm and enjoyment for Design & Technology. Students are required to produce a design portfolio and manufacture a product using the skills taught during Year 10. This will require students to be self-motivated and have the ability to work independently.
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How is the course assessed?
The course assessment is focused on three main principles;
- Core technical principles
- Specialist technical principles
- Designing and making principles
These are assessed via two elements.
- A written exam. This lasts for 2 hours with up to 100 marks awarded. It is worth 50% of the GCSE.
- A non-exam assessment (NEA). This will take between 30 and 35 hours to complete. 100 marks are available and it is worth 50% of the GCSE.
What will this qualification lead to?
Students who successfully complete this course will be considered for apprenticeships in the design & manufacturing industries. There is also the option to study Design & Technology at A Level and at degree level. Many of our A Level students studying Design Technology have left to pursue careers in the engineering and product design sectors.