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GCSE Design and Technology

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

The Design & Technology 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.

The course is divided into three areas:

Core technical principles

Specialist technical principles

Designing and making principles

Core technical principles covers core technical principles and all content must be taught. Specialist technical principles covers specialist technical principles where students will go into greater depth. Each principle should be taught through at least one material category or system. Designing and making principles covers design and making principles and all content in this section must be taught.

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE


Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

Substantial design and make task: Approx. 35 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Further information
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.

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