GCSE Design and Technology
You will be following the AQA GCSE Product Design specification.
In Year 10 you will work on a series of mini-projects that will develop your practical and designing skills. These will include the use of various tools and equipment, drawing and rendering skills and the use of CAD/CAM. You will also develop your design thinking by evaluating existing products and investigating the work of both modern and contemporary designers. This year the year 10’s took part in Design Ventura, a national competition run by the Design Museum. The aim of these projects is to equip you with all the skills, knowledge and understanding you will need to complete the coursework unit and the theory exam in the following year.
In Year 11 you will be presented with a series of design tasks that you will be able to choose from which will form the context for your controlled assessment task. Within these tasks there is a lot of freedom for you to develop your own brief, which could be a more graphic based product, a piece of furniture, lighting or perhaps a concept for a hi-tech gadget. As you go through the year you will be further developing your design skills, as well as your knowledge and understanding of design issues and materials and processes, in order to prepare for the final written exam, which is a combination of designing and theory.
The final mark is made up of 60% coursework and 40% written exam.
This is an exciting course which is an excellent first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in design, architecture, engineering, fashion or the creative industries. It will give you a whole range of creative, analytical and practical skills that are much sought after by employers and universities in all fields.
The maximum cohort size is 2 groups of 20.
The examination board is AQA