Design and Technology (GCSE)

Design and Technology (GCSE)

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

At Safa Community School 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.

Topics Studied

With a focus on the design discipline of architecture, students should be seen to complete work that has a strong link to
environmental considerations and sustainability within their practice. Students should be demonstrating skills in visual
communication, both hand drawing and CAD, along with an understanding and application of diagrams and model making skills

How it’s assessed

Component 1 – Coursework portfolio

Practical application of core technical principles, specialist
technical principles and designing & making principles.
Non-exam assessment should take approximately 30-35
Substantial design and make task.
Assessment criteria:
Investigating; Designing; Making; Analysing and Evaluating.
Students will produce a working prototype and a portfolio
of evidence (max 20 pages). Work will be marked by
teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 2 – Examination

During the 10-hour period of sustained focus, students will
produce their final response(s) to the Externally Set
Assignment, based on their preparatory studies taking place
in term 2 of year 11.
Final response(s) could be a single artefact, a series of
artefacts or a group of artefacts. Students must work
unaided under examination conditions during this time.
The 10-hour period of sustained focus under examination
conditions may take place over multiple sessions (a
maximum of four within three consecutive weeks). Students
must not add to their supervised work between the
supervised sessions for the 10-hour period of sustained
focus, and it is the responsibility of the centre to ensure that
no additional work is brought in to or out of each timed
session. Work must not be added to or altered once
submitted for assessment.

Why choose it?

The GCSE 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 such
as resistant materials, textiles, graphics and electronics

  • Exam Board AQA
  • Course Code 8552
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