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Last Day of Term

Please note school will finish at 12.30pm on Friday 19th July (last day of term).

Design Technology

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors.

The subject content is presented under two headings: technical principles and designing and making principles. Within each area, the content is further divided into core knowledge and understanding and in-depth knowledge and understanding.

Learners will complete two components outlined below:

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century – Written examination: 2 hours – 50% of qualification
A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of:

  • technical principles
  • designing and making principles

along with their ability to

  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.

Component 2: Design and make task – Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours – 50% of qualification

A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge set by the exam board, assessing candidates’ ability to:

  • identify, investigate and outline design possibilities
  • design and make prototypes
  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.