Design Technology

Technologies, materials and applications are evolving rapidly and the world of design and engineering is ever changing. Design and Technology helps students make sense of, and engage with these new developments in a thoughtful manner.

Pupils are given the opportunity to work creatively, applying newly acquired skills, diverse technologies and problem solving techniques to real life challenges e.g. lighting design.

GCSE Design & Technology

Why study Design Technology?

Design Technology gives students the confidence to work practically and marry their practice with strong theoretical understanding. Like Art or Photography, DT is a creative subject: pupils can express themselves as they learn how to bring their ideas to life. Aside from practical skills, Design Technology also equips students with an understanding of the potential impact of new technologies (like electric cars) on society, culture, politics and the environment.

What skills will pupils develop?

Drawing, sketching (including 3D techniques for perspective), confidence in using workshop equipment and materials with accuracy, competence with computer aided design via the program OnShape, how to develop, refine and realise ideas, the capacity to reason spatially and abstractly, and much more!


Component 1 (50%)

2-hour written exam testing core Technical Principles, Specialist Technical Principles and Designing and Making Principles. The exam will include a mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions including some with a graphics focus. This unit is externally marked.

Component 2 (50%)

Non-examination assessment (NEA): Pupils practical application of their new skills are tested as they have approximately 30–35 to produce one substantial design and portfolio of the design process. Marked by teachers, externally moderated.