Design & Technology

A practical approach applies throughout, encouraging pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of activities, using a range of materials and techniques. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials are required but other materials may also be used.

Aims of the Course

A course based on this specification should encourage pupils to:

1. Demonstrate fully their design and technology capability, which requires them to combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products

2. Acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  • analysing/evaluating products and processes
  • engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate techniques
  • engaging in strategies for developing ideas, planning and producing products
  • considering how Design & Technology has affected societies both past and present
  • recognising the moral, cultural and environmental issues inherent in design and technology.

This subject is workshop based, but requires the use of graphic techniques and ICT, including Computer Aided Design (CAD), to generate, model and communicate design proposals. Pupils will become familiar with and use, as appropriate, industrial manufacturing processes and techniques including CAD, Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) and batch and mass production methods. Consideration is also given to moral, ethical, social and cultural issues when designing and making.


Component 1

  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 50% of qualification
  • Written exam externally assessed
  • 100 marks.

Component 2

  • Non-examined assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated
  • 50% of qualification
  • 100 marks
  • Three contextual challenges – pupils select one
  • Pupils to produce a porotype project and portfolio of their work (30 A3 pages)
  • Pupils assessed on investigate, design, make and evaluate.