Course overview: GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world, a key pre-requisite of successful engineers. 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.
Design and Technology
Exam board: AQA
During the two year course you will study a wide range of materials including papers and boards, timber, metals, polymers and textile fibres and fabrics to support any potential design solutions you may develop. You will also learn about wider design principles and the effect of design on users and the world we live in. You will then develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of specific materials and related techniques and processes, in order to construct working prototypes and achieve functioning design solutions through the study of existing design solutions.
In Year 10, this will be realised through design and make project work, where you will develop several projects throughout the year.
You will complete an iterative design challenge where you will explore real needs and contexts, create solutions and evaluate how well the needs have been met and the problem solved. “Explore, create, evaluate” is a process that occurs repeatedly as design iterations are developed to continually improve the outcome, building clearer needs and better solutions, meaning ideas and prototypes can be developed into successful products in the future.
The content requires you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. This content reflects the importance of Design Engineering as a pivotal STEM subject.
The Iterative Design Challenge is a single task that is worth 50% of the qualification. AQA will release contextual challenges. There will be three open and real-world contexts for learners to interpret and explore, creating iterations when designing and making through the processes of ‘explore, create and evaluate’.
The other 50% of the qualification covers the principles of design and technology in an examination. This is a single examination component with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content. This examination is 2 hours and questions offer full access to all learners regardless of their practical experiences in the subject.
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