This GCSE in Design and Technology specialises in Graphics and Printing/paper technologies and enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities.
Students will acquire subject knowledge in Design and Technology that builds on Key Stage 3, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to design and make, with confidence, prototypes in response to issues, needs, problems and opportunities. Students learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and the global community.
Typical jobs students may wish to research include:
  • Graphic design
  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Industrial design
  • Product design
  • Computer game design
  • Illustration
  • Engineering
  • Town planning
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Material engineering
  • Teaching

Assessment

This new course is made up of two components; a single paper and a single nonexamined assessment (NEA) task. The NEA tasks take the form of ‘contexts’ and are set each year by the awarding body. For Edexcel these will be released in June annually. The weighting of the NEA is 50%, which gives an equal split between the examined component and the NEA.
There is also a change to the grading system, with grades 9-1 replacing the current A*-G. Maths skills now contribute to the overall qualification and since Maths cannot be assessed in the NEA it will be all examined in the paper, representing a total of 15% of the total paper marks.

Coursework

Your teacher will share a detailed help book for completing the NEA.
It contains examples of work and detail descriptions of the mark scheme.