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Design & Technology

KS4

Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: AQA


Is this course for you?

Would you like to study a broad range of materials in a practical way?

  • There is a greater emphasis on design
  • The use of mathematical skills is a key requirement, and is tested in the examination
  • An understanding of underlying scientific principles is expected

What Will You Do?

Core technical principles

Taught through a variety of materials eg Graphics, Materials, Electronics and Textiles. Knowledge covered through theory and practical work to include;

  • New and emerging technologies
  • How energy is generated and stored
  • Modern and smart materials
  • Understanding a systems approach when designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their properties

Specialist Technical Principles

  • Taught through;
  • papers and boards
  • timber
  • metal based materials
  • polymers
  • textile based materials
  • electronic and mechanical systems

Designing and making principles

This can focus on one material area or combining different materials within your designing and making.


Assessment Details:

NEA Coursework – 50% of marks   Produce a prototype and portfolio of evidence – examples of task could include:

  • Addressing the needs of the elderly
  • The contemporary home
  • Children’s learning and development
  • The world of travel and tourism

Written exam 2 hours – 50 % of marks


Possible Career Options:

  • Product Design
  • Graphic Designer
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Web Designer
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Technician
  • Interior Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Textiles Designer
  • Engineering

Further Education:

  • Manufacturing and Production
  • A-level Design and Technology: Product Design
  • L3 vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships