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Design and Technology

From September 2017, the Government changed the format of how GCSEs in Design and Technology will work - they are no longer discreet subjects (Textiles, Product Design etc) they now combine to form one GCSE entitled ‘GCSE Design and Technology’.
Pupils on the GCSE will learn about applying knowledge in all four Technology disciplines; Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Textiles Technology and Systems and Control.
GCSE Design and Technology is an interesting course where pupils use their theoretical knowledge to create innovative designs and manufacture products in response to a variety of real-life problems.  It gives pupils a chance to link together cross-curricular knowledge from other subject areas including Maths, Science, Art, Computing and Humanities.
It will build upon the pupils’ prior KS3 learning, developing skills further to a higher level.  Pupils will learn to take design risks which will help them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens.


How are the topics/units structured?

The course will consist of two units:

1. External examination - 50%.  Designed to assess the breadth of Design Technology knowledge across all material areas.  There may be in-depth questions about a pupil’s chosen specialist area.  Maths skills will also be assessed.
2. Non-examined assessment task - 50%.  Pupils are offered a variety of design briefs focussing on current design issues.  The project allows a pupil to demonstrate a range of technology skills.


How will pupils be assessed?

Throughout Year 10 pupils will study theory units which will be assessed through the use of GCSE exam questions, end of unit tests and mock exams.  Pupils will also carry out design and make projects which will be assessed by their teacher.
In Year 11 pupils will undertake their major NEA project and do revision lessons to help them with their final written exams.

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