Product Design GCSE

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Ideal Student: 

Ideally, Year 8 students would be working securely at a Grade 3 or above by the end of the year. They would have made good progress throughout Key Stage 3 demonstrating strong skills and sound understanding in each of the assessed focus areas in DT, i.e. designing, planning, making and evaluating. Students would also have a flair for creativity and secure numeracy and literacy skills.

Course Outline: 

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. The course allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Teaching and Learning Style: 

Lessons will be structured to allow students to develop both practical and theoretical understanding via a broad range of delivery styles including, teacher demonstrations, independent material investigations, whole class discussion, modelling of high quality exam technique and guidance on effective revision. 


Year 9: Projects which aim to develop basic practical skills whilst gaining understanding of general design and manufacturing processes.

Year 10: Personalised material investigations which will deepen understanding of the controlled assessment criteria alongside regular testing to improve and embed prior learning.

Year 11:

Controlled assessment – 50% of overall grade, to be completed within 35 hours.

Students' portfolios will consist of an investigation into a contextual challenge, defining the needs and wants of the user and include relevant research to produce a design brief and specification. Students will generate design ideas with flair and creativity and develop these to create a final design solution (including modelling). A manufacturing specification will be produced to conclude design findings leading into the realisation of a final prototype that is fit for purpose and a final evaluation. Students will investigate, analyse and evaluate throughout the portfolio and evidence all decisions made.

Exam – 50% of overall grade. 2 hours in length

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks). A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks). Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks). A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Complementary Courses: 

Art and Design, ICT, Maths, Science, Computing