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Design and Technology aims to engage both boys and girls in an innovative design challenge, allowing them to be both creative and independent. The aim is to provide each and every pupil with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of a broad range of practical skills and techniques. These include designing both graphically on paper and also through computer aided design, as well as in relation to the characteristics of resistant materials and textiles technology. 


Each year group undertakes challenges which will optimise their potential and layer their knowledge. Every project undertaken will materialise into a final outcome or product.

These products are designed and manufactured, taking into the account a target market and demographic which will have been researched thoroughly.

Pupils are introduced to the basic core skills through the specialist materials of resistant materials, graphics and textiles. Students are actively encouraged to develop both technical and design skills which are underpinned by theory knowledge and understanding.


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.

This linear course is split into two units:

Paper 1 (50%) Written theoretical exam: 2 hours

Questions are split into three section including 20% of the paper based on mathematical questions.

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)


NEA Non-exam assessment (50%)

Practical application of:

• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

• Designing and making principles


Substantial design and make task in which Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence. Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA