The aims of this subject are to encourage creativity and innovation with a view to producing high quality products based on knowledge of technological processes and informed design.
Recommended GCSE Subjects and Grade
Design and Technology A*/C
Art and Design A*/C
Other Contributory Subjects
Geography Business Studies Chemistry Maths Physics OTHER INFORMATION: Design and Technology is an interdisciplinary subject which is designed to be student focused. Students should have a broad academic background and have both creative and practical skills. The development of these skills will depend heavily on independent learning and the use of Key Skills. Involvement in exhibitions etc. and participation in competitions will be encouraged.
Component 1 – Written Examination – Principles of Design and Technology (50% of qualification) 2 hours 30 mins (120 marks)
Component 2 – Non-examined assessment – Independent Design and Make Project (50% of qualification) Substantial item to be manufactured with accompanying portfolio. (120 marks)
Method of Assessment
Questions on :
Topic 1: Materials
Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials
Topic 3: Processes and techniques
Topic 4: Digital technologies
Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products
Topic 6: Effects of technological developments
Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment
Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries
Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
Topic 10: Current legislation
Topic 11: Information handling, Modelling and forward planning
Topic 12: Further processes and techniques.
Design and Technology combined with Sciences and Maths is excellent for Engineering. Combined with Art and Design and some Science it would be excellent for industrial/product design. It keeps a lot of STEM career options open. In any combination Design and Technology is excellent for teaching.