GCSE Design and Technology

Design and Technology enables students to be creative thinkers, solve design related problems and design solutions that are innovative and will meet a targeted user's need.

Design and Technology is a cohesive subject where students are able to use the knowledge and understanding gained from other curriculum areas to aid their design thinking.  It gives students the opportunity to work in all of the material areas; they have the opportunity to design and make practical solutions to real design problems.

Syllabus Title: Design & Technology - Product Design, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

Exam Board: WJEC / Eduqas

Assessment: New GCSE 9 - 1 grading. 

Component 1 external written exam worth 50%

Component 2 Non Exam Assessment coursework unit worth 50%

Aims of the course

The brand new GCSE in Design and Technology is an exciting and challenging course which combines all areas of Design Technology (Product Design, Resistant Materials and Textiles). The new course will build on all the skills students have developed in KS3 but will, of course, introduce a wealth of new ones. Students will learn and develop a range of skills to help them think and communicate their own ideas creatively. They will be expected to respond to real world problems through their own innovative and creative design solutions.

This course will prepare students with a 21st century understanding of the world using new technologies such as laser cutting and electronic textiles plus so much more. GCSE Design Technology combines a wide range of subjects and life skills in a creative, practical way. It allows students to develop problem solving skills and encourages students to use and apply knowledge from all areas of the curriculum. The course has strong links with Maths and Science, encouraging students to apply their knowledge from these subjects in a practical way to design and make new products for an ever changing world. Students will study a range of materials including wood, metal, plastics, paper, and textiles. 

Students will study a range of materials including wood, metal, plastics, paper, and textiles. They will be given the opportunity to select  and use a range of appropriate materials to solve a range of design challenges

which are in context to the world around us. Practical work will be used to encourage students to explore materials and processes, they will be encouraged to work independently and take creative risks to design and develop products and prototypes.

Progression at Post-16.

There are several progression routes that successful students on this course could take at post 16 - some of which are available in RR6: A’ Level Product Design, Fashion and Textiles and BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design.

Subject Specialism

Students will be asked to choose from one of the following specialist material areas they would like to focus on for their GCSE in Design and Technology.

  • Resistant Materials
  • Product Design
  • Textiles

You will be expected to develop your understanding and knowledge of the core principles listed below:

  • selection of materials or components
  • forces and stresses
  • ecological and social footprint
  • scales of production
  • sources and origins
  • using and working with materials
  • stock forms, types and sizes
  • specialist techniques
  • surface treatments and finishes.

Staff to contact:

Ms Febbrari, Head of Design and Technology