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GCSE Design & Technology

Course contact: Mr Hart - hartm@harpergreen.net

Specification: GCSE

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Course Outline

In GCSE Design and Technology, you will study a number of different areas. These will include how Design and Technology influence our modern world and everyday life. You will investigate and use new smart

materials and learn about electronic systems, programmable components, and mechanical components and devices. You will also focus on more traditional materials such as wood, metal, and polymers. On the course, you will use various tools and machinery in the workshops and develop your computing skills using the laser cutter and 3D printers.

A typical lesson might involve...

Your lesson time will be spent completing a range of different focus practical tasks. These will be used to improve your skills in the workshop and your Design and Technology subject knowledge.

Through the course, you will use the hand tools and machines in the workshop as well as improving your CAD/CAM skills by utilising the laser cutter and 3D printer to manufacture products. As with all Design and Technology courses, you will be taught designing and rendering skills so that you can demonstrate your ideas visually on paper and using ICT.

How will I be assessed?

The subject is split into two different component parts:

  • Unit 1 focuses on Design and Technology in the 21st Century and is a written examination which last two hours. It is taken at the end of  Year 11 and is worth 50% of your final grade.
  • Unit 2 focuses on a design and make task based on a challenge set by the examination board. You will be expected to create a design folder, a sketchbook and working prototype of your chosen design after investigating and researching your chosen area. This section is also worth 50% of your final grade.

You should choose Design and Technology if...

  • You enjoy designing and making products
  • You have an interest in the world around you and how it works
  • You want to improve your confidence in the workshop using different tools and machinery
  • You enjoy working in teams to produce new and exciting products

What qualifications will I achieve and what could I do afterwards?

After completing this course, you will have a GCSE in Design and Technology. This will allow you to continue your studies at college on a variety of engineering or practical vocational courses such as Construction, Furniture Design, Plumbing, Joinery, Engineering, Car Mechanic, Product Design,Graphic Design and Architecture. 

It will also allow you to study an A-level in Product Design and eventually onwards to university.

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