GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate both confidently and successfully in an increasing technological advanced world. Students will develop awareness as well as learn from wider influences about Design and Technology which will include social, moral, cultural, environmental and economic factors. As an integral part of the course, students will have the opportunity to combine practical and technological skills alongside creative thinking which will enable them to design and manufacture products that meet the demand of human needs as well as having the skills and knowledge to apply both technical and practical expertise. Students will learn how to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.

Students will have the opportunity to experience real life manufacturing and understand a range of robotic automated systems through the local community business partnership visits. Students will gain an understanding of an industrial production line within and be able to do a comparison to a prototype within a school environment.

Our GCSE programme, allows students to study core technical/designing and making principles which includes a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. Students will also have the opportunity to study a specialist technical principle; Paper and board (Graphic element0 in greater depth.

The GCSE Design and Technology qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit their exam and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the 2 year course. Coursework will begin towards the end of Year 10.

This qualification will be awarded GCSE levels 9-1

Assessment is both through coursework 50% and an exam worth 50% of the final grade.

  • Written exam: 2 hours, worth 100 marks 50%
  • Practical application of core technical principles, specialist technical principles, designing and making principles. (Non-exam assessment) 30-35 hours approximately. 100 marks, 50%


  • Substantial design and make task such as a reinforced package used with a smart material
  • Assessment criteria:
    • Investigating
    • Designing
    • Making
    • Analysing and Evaluating
  • Students will produce a working product (prototype) and a portfolio of evidence (max 20 pages)

Progression routes

Design and Technology helps to prepare students for life in an advanced technological society and could lead to a career in areas which are vital for the future whilst developing entrepreneurial skills. Students learn to work independently – particularly in Year 11, which allows them to be more creative and effective time managers. Students who study Design and Technology can progress further to A Level Design and Technology, enabling future career opportunities within growth areas such as architecture, graphic and product design and project managementHigher education institutions view the subject favourably as it demonstrates curricular diversity and an ability to use a wide range of skills.