GCSE Design & Technology
Design & Technology is the study of materials, Graphic communication and processes in a workshop environment. Students will create a range of Graphic products, Architecture concepts and Commercial Designs as well as investigating future technology in the real world.
“Design is not just what it looks and feels like, design is how it works.” Steve Jobs
Our course focuses on developing practical skills within a particular material area (students can choose either a Graphic Design focus, or a Materials Technology focus), allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes. They’ll learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.
The subject calls for students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past technology, its uses and effects
WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
- You will need to be organised, able to plan your work, be willing to contact companies, and have an interest in Graphics or Industrial Design
WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO OUTSIDE OF LESSONS?
- Pupils will need to work on portfolios, gather research, visit companies and experiment and test techniques using the school facilities and sketchbooks.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED?
- After you have finished the obvious progression would be to study the A Level Design & Technology where you can focus on your own Design Briefs or BTEC Engineering Level 3 Diploma in the Sixth Form centre. The Level 3 units and A level build on GCSE and would put you in an ideal position for either a degree or apprenticeships.
- Edexcel GCSE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Exam board website
- 50% of the marks are earned from coursework. This is a coursework portfolio that begins in Year 10, completing in Year 11.
- 50% of the marks are earned from a final examination
Ways to help my child succeed
There are certain equipment that are essential for being a Designer. Having access to technical graphic equipment like certain pencils, fine liners and magic markers are an advantage and will be available at the start of the year.