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Design Technology

Design Technology alongside Maths and Sciences gives you the skills you need for employment in key growth sectors like Advanced Manufacturing, Design, Engineering and Creative industries

It is a subject where you have to make decisions, plan and predict, design creative and innovative solutions to problems, evaluate and assess the consequences of your decisions

Design Technology stretches and challenges you and makes you think creatively about many key issues which affect people’s lives

It will hopefully inspire you to follow a career in areas which are vital for the future of our country or perhaps to be an entrepreneur who designs and makes products that people want.

Course Outline

During the first year of the course pupils develop their practical skills through focused tasks.This prepares pupils for their GCSE Coursework and examination which is taken at the end of Year 11.

Exam Requirements

This will focus on:

•Core Technical Principles

•Specialist Technical Principles

•Design and Making Principles

50% of total GCSE

100 marks

2 hours

During the second year of the course pupils are required to complete a single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence.

50% of the total GCSE

100 marks

The design folder should consist of approximately:

  • 20 pages of A3 paper
  • equivalent A4 paper
  • or the ICT equivalent

It is expected that pupils should spend approximately 30-35 hours on this activity. This will happen during lessons in Year 11.

As part of the evidence submitted, pupils should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.