GCSE Design & Technology

Design & Technology is the study of materials, Graphic communication and processes in a workshop environment. Students will create a range of Graphic products, Architecture concepts and Commercial Designs as well as investigating future technology in the real world.

“Design is not just what it looks and feels like, design is how it works.” Steve Jobs

Course Description

Our new course focuses on developing practical skills within a range of material specialisms allowing students to manufacture a series of high quality outcomes using our industry standard facilities. They’ll learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills such as, creativity, problem solving, collaboration and communication. For their final piece students will be presented with a context which they will then investigate, design, develop and manufacture a concept for. This could be in the format of print, model, product or architectural design. The subject calls for students to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present  and past technology, its uses and effects.

WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

  • You will need to be organised, able to plan your work, be willing to contact companies, and have an interest in Graphics or Industrial Design

WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO OUTSIDE OF LESSONS?

  • Pupils will need to work on portfolios, gather research, visit companies and experiment and test techniques using the school facilities and sketchbooks.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED?

  • If you choose this subject, you can move onto A Level Design and Technology or BTEC Engineering Level 3 diploma at the Sixth Form, which is ideal preparation for either a degree or apprenticeship

Exam board

  • Edexcel GCSE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Course code

  • 1DT0

Exam board website

Assessments

  • 50% of the marks are earned from coursework. This is a coursework portfolio that begins in Year 10, completing in Year 11.
  • 50% of the marks are earned from a final examination

Ways to help my child succeed

There are certain equipment that are essential for being a Designer. Having access to technical graphic equipment like certain pencils, fine liners and magic markers are an advantage and will be available at the start of the year.

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