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Design Technology

Examination Board: AQA

Exact Course Title: GCSE Design Technology

Why should I choose to study Design Technology?

This GCSE allow students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of modern materials, contemporary technologies, materials techniques and processes.  Students will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles and materials in greater depth. The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. 

What will I learn?

Students will learn to solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values.  Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes and final outcomes, experimenting with modern technology and a wide range of materials and processes.

What will be expected of me?

The new GCSE content has a greater emphasis and link to Science and Mathematics within Design Technology. A passion for these subjects alongside a deeper level of knowledge and understanding will be essential to access the new content of the course, ideally you will be in set 1 or 2 in these subjects. You must be able to meet deadlines, be creative by thinking outside the box and practically minded.

What skills will I develop?

Identifying and investigating design possibilities, producing a design brief and specification, generating and developing design ideas, realising design ideas by producing 2d drawings, 3d modelling and prototypes, analysing and evaluating your outcome against the criteria.

How will I be assessed?

Non exam assessment (NEA): 30-35 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Substantial design and make task, with a prototype and portfolio, based upon a contextual challenge undertaken in Year 11.

Written examination paper: 2 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Divided into three sections based on Core technical principles (20 marks) assessing a breadth of knowledge and understanding, Specific technical principles (30 marks) requiring extended responses and in depth knowledge and designing and making principles (50 marks) a mixture of short and extended response questions.

Where will this qualification lead me?  E.g. What further studies are available at Level 3, What career opportunities are there? A level Product Design and Design focused university courses. Opportunities in Engineering, Design and STEM careers.