Design and Technology

What is included in the course?

Students will learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They will develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students will develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the global community.

The study of design and technology seeks to prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly world. GCSE design and technology specifications enables students to work creatively when designing, and apply technical and practical expertise.

How will I be assessed?

The new GCSEs in design and technology will not be tiered. 50% of total marks will be allocated to exams, and 50% to non-exam assessment.

How it breaks down

  • Theory of manufacturing
  • Design and creativity
  • Making a commercially viable product

What grades are available?

This course is worth a full GCSE with a grade from J-9. Grade 9 being the top grade.

Career Opportunities

  • Product Designer
  • Architect
  • Furniture Design
  • Automotive Design
  • Product Innovation
  • Interior Designer
  • 3D Design Maker
  • Project Management
  • Engineering/Manufacturing
  • Graphic Design
  • Lighting Designer
  • Jewellery Designer

Recommended reading

  • AQA GCSE D&T Product Design by Brian Russell
  • Lonsdale GCSE Product Design Essentials Revision Guide by Ian MacDonald & Brian Russell
  • Lonsdale GCSE Product Design Essentials Workbook by Ian MacDonald

Hints Tips and Advice

Practical skills are assessed through one controlled assessment which takes place throughout the year. The exam at the end of the course will assess their theory and design skills. It is essential students attend all lessons to take part in these parts of the course.

Who should I contact for more information?

Mr. R. Williams – Subject Leader rwilliams@stmca.org.uk

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