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KS4 - Design Technology

Awarding Body: AQA

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.

GCSE Design and Technology 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

This 2 Year GCSE course gives students the opportunity to gain experience in identifying, considering and solving problems through design based work through the use of varied materials. There is an assessed project which follows an iterative design process.

The use of ICT will be an integral part of the course. Computer-aided Design has to be included in the design folder. Computer-Aided Manufacturing will be included in the practical work using our brand new laser cutting machine.

This GCSE course is graded in the new 1-9 grading system and is a more academic choice for students wanting to go onto higher and further education in this field.


  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE


Practical application of:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles


  • Substantial design and make task
  • Assessment criteria:
  • Investigating
  • Designing
  • Making
  • Analysing and Evaluating
  • Working prototype
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

For this course we will be asking for a contribution of £15 each year towards materials and folders.  This can be paid via Parent Pay.