Outline of Syllabus
The new Design & Technology GCSE is a demanding course which will prepare pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world, as well as laying the foundations for a future in a wide range of design based courses such as Engineering, Architecture & Industrial Design.
The vast majority of lesson time will be spent developing practical skills in the workshop where pupils will use a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes. They will combine core scientific & mathmatic skills to realise their own design ideas, and will have the opportunity to respond creatively to set design briefs.
The theory component of the course will provide the opportunity for pupils to examine economic, social & environmental factors in design and manufacture, and to engage with contemporary & historical influences on the man-made world. It allows pupils to study core technical, designing & making principles, as well as having to opportunity to choose their own specialist technical principles in greater depth.
Scheme of Assessment
Unit 1: Written Paper
The two hour written paper contributes 50% of the GCSE grade.
Unit 2: Design and Making Practice
The controlled assessment contributes 50% of the overall grade.
Controlled assessment is a single design-and-make activity from a set task, consisting of the design & development of a made product and a design portfolio of approximately 20 A3 sheets. Pupils are given 30-35 hours of lesson time to complete this activity which is marked and moderated externally.
Awarding Body: AQA
Specification: GCSE Design & Technology 8552