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Design and Technology Exam Information

GCSE

Course Content

Students cover a broad range of core theoretical content in areas such as materials, processes, emerging technologies, design movements and the environmental social & moral issues associated with the design and production of consumer goods. Following coverage of the core content, students elect to study one of six areas of materials discipline. Students will be guided towards the most appropriate materials discipline for this in-depth study. Areas include metals, papers & boards, polymers and timbers. In addition to design and technology content, students will be taught specific scientific and mathematical principles that are embedded into the specification. The non-examined assessment unit will enable students to demonstrate the wide range of knowledge and skills that they have acquired through the design and production of a product. This will be done in response to a board-set theme, released on the 1st of June each year. 

Course Structure

The Design and Technology GCSE is comprised of two units: a written paper worth 50% of the GCSE and a non-examined assessment worth the remaining 50%. The course will be delivered as a linear, two-year qualification, with assessment in summer of Y11. 

Reading and Resources

Aside from the official textbook and accompanying digital resources that students are issued with, it is vital that students demonstrate a broad thirst for learning in design and technology. There is no better way to remain abreast of ongoing developments in the subject area than to read technology-related news on a daily basis, using a wide variety of online outlets. There is also a wide variety of monthly publications dedicated to the field of design and technology that students are advised to engage with. Students will be issued with recommended reading lists during the course. 

Exam Board: Edexcel

A Level

Course Content

Building upon the strong foundation of GCSE, students will stretch their skills and deepen their understanding of design and technology through a wide variety of experiences. Theoretical content covers a complex range of inter-connected topics including: materials, processes, digital technologies, development of products, hazards and risk assessment, manufacturing industries, the environment, current legislation, information handling and modelling & forward planning. Students are expected to demonstrate a significantly higher level of skill and understanding than that of GCSE, manifesting in the design and development of a sophisticated product prototype in the non-examined assessment unit. It is expected that students work with a real-world client on the design and development of their product prototype, using their needs and views to inform and guide the design and development process.

Course Structure

The Design and Technology A Level is comprised of two units: a written paper worth 50% of the GCSE and a non-examined assessment worth the remaining 50%. The course will be delivered as a linear, two-year qualification, with assessment in summer of Y13.

Entry Requirements

Students should ideally have achieved an A or higher in GCSE DT and a B or higher in GCSE Maths. Students with grades lower than these requirements will be evaluated for suitability on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Technology.

Reading and Resources

Aside from the official textbook and accompanying digital resources that students are issued with, it is vital students demonstrate a broad thirst for learning in design and technology. There is no better way to remain abreast of ongoing developments in the subject area than to read technology-related news on a daily basis, using a wide variety of online outlets. There is also a wide variety of monthly publications dedicated to the field of design and technology that students are advised to engage with. Students will be issued with recommended reading lists during the course. 

Exam Board: Edexcel