A course in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops candidates’ interdisciplinary skills, all six Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.
In addition to the core Design and Technology skills and understanding defined in the syllabus, pupils will study in depth one of the following Focus Areas.
1. Resistant Materials Technology
Pupils will have the opportunity to work with a range of resistant materials so that they
understand that working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability are factors which influence the choice of materials in their Design solutions.
2. Textile Technology
The textile focus area has been designed to broaden the pupils Design and Technology capability by promoting Design Awareness and providing opportunities to experiment with their own ideas.
3. Graphic Products
Pupils will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate situations, design and make products, and then appraise their performance. They should be provided with the opportunity to work with a range of materials and ICT
60% Coursework assessment under supervision
40% Final Examination
A single project involving, Design and Make weighting
Designing (10 hours)
Make (20 hours)
Final Examination (40%)
Section A 20% (60 marks)
Four compulsory questions related to the world of Design and Technology and focus area specific.
Section B 20% (60 marks)
Four compulsory questions based on the specification content. These questions share a common structure across all focus areas.