Design and Technology

Head of Design Technology & Engineering: Mrs C McCafferty, HND CertEd MlfL QTLS


Teacher of Engineering: Mr A McNaughton, BA (Hons), Wales

This is a brand new GCSE. If you have a keen interest in Textiles or Engineering, you will enjoy studying GCSE Design Technology. Designing a product and seeing it as a 3D outcome is exciting. You will gain inspiration for new product design by looking at designers and their influences. You will be able to analyse the demands of a target market and design and make products which match a particular need. An enquiring and open mind, an independent spirit and a willingness to take on new ideas are essential in order to study this subject. The world of Design has many career opportunities and this course gives you the basic skills to take forward into further education.

Design and Technology enables pupils to work creatively when designing and making, learning how to apply technical and practical expertise. You will develop a working knowledge of a wide range of materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. You will learn about design and market influences, economic factors, processes and manufacture, environmental issues and the use of ICT in relation to the manufacturing of material products. You will be able to recognise the contribution you can make to the environment through careful consideration and selection of sustainable resources.

Course Content
Technical Principles: You will develop a breadth of knowledge in five core areas which cover both Textiles and Engineering: DT in Our World, Smart Materials, Electronic Systems & Programmable Components, Mechanical Components & Devices and Materials. You will choose one of these three areas: Fibres & Textiles, Natural & Manufactured Timber, or Papers & Board. You will study your chosen area and will develop an in-depth knowledge of a specific material to support your Design and Make task.

Design & Making Principles: You will complete a Design and Make task in relation to your chosen specialism; Fibres & Textiles, Natural & Manufactured Timber, or Papers & Boards.

You will apply a broad knowledge and understanding of DT principles within Design and Make activities in order to produce a product. This will include: selecting and working with materials and components, marking out and using tools and equipment, specialist techniques, surface treatments and finishes.
Having studied the entire range of DT topics in Year 10, you will then choose to specialise in either Textiles or one of the Engineering components for Year 11.


Design and Technology in the 21st Century – 2 hour written exam (50%)

Design and Make task, NEA, 35 hours (50%)

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