Design & Technology

Curriculum Leader of Technology - Mr Heafield

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AQA GCSE Design & Technology 2019
Course Content

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. The 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.



Is this course right for me?

To be successful you will need to be dedicated, creative and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. You must be enthusiastic in your chosen subject area and be fully committed to producing a creative, detailed and informative design folder. Drawing skills are essential and you must enjoy drawing and sketching. The course involves a great deal of theory work and majority of the time students will need to complete written work for at least 1 period a week. You will have the opportunity to develop your designing and making skills and show your creativity through practical tasks and your final portfolio, which will also include elements of Computer aided design. After completing the course, you could then progress to do AS, A2 courses or study an apprenticeship, BTEC or Diploma course in a technology related subject.



Non exam assessment (NEA) (Coursework) 50%

Students will study:

• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

• Designing and making principles


How it's assessed

Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30-35 hours approx.

• 100 marks

• 50% of GCSE


Written Exam 50% (2 hours)

• 100 marks

• 50% of GCSE


Possible Careers

Apprenticeships in Joinery, Plumbing, Electrical, Engineer, Consumer Product Design, Marketing, Product Design Consultancy, Design Research, Project Planning, Technical Sales, CAD/CAM, Interior/Exhibition Design, Advertising, Display Design, Web Design.