GCSE Technology and Design is a direct follow on from the knowledge and skills built upon at Key Stage 3. At GCSE level, students follow the Edexcel Technology and Design Electronic Products specification. This specification enables students to develop a whole range of creative design and manufacturing skills, technical knowledge and product understanding, as well as transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.
Through studying Technology and Design at GCSE Level students:
- actively engage in design and technology
- make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
- explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
- analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
- develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
- understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
- develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge
The course has been divided into two units:
- Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities
- Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding of Electronics Products
Students must complete one controlled assessment unit: Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities. The controlled assessment unit is worth 60 percent of the final GCSE grade and is issued in September for students starting Year 11. Students must submit the completed unit for internal moderation in May of Year 12.
Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities
Within this unit of work students create a design folder, where students research, design and evaluate an electronic product which they have investigated. In addition, Student must also manufacture an electronic product. However, the product student’s manufacture does not have to be related to the product they research and design for their design folder. Throughout this unit students will develop skills in researching, designing, reviewing, planning, making, testing and evaluating.
The manufacturing element of the course develops an understanding of a range of materials, techniques and processes associated with manufacturing in the school workshop and commercial environments. This knowledge, combined with extensive graphical skills and design thinking, equips each pupil with an excellent overall understanding of product design with the technological capability to produce quality products.
Overview of Unit 1
- This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
- Students must complete a design and make activity. These activities can be linked (combined
design and make) or separate (design one product, manufacture another).
- Centres will choose a task(s) from a range provided by Edexcel.
- All work, with the exception of research and preparation, must be done under informal supervision. Research and preparation may be completed under limited supervision.
- Students need to complete their designing and making within 40 hours of informal supervision.
- Marking of task(s) will be carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.
Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding of Electronic Products
Within this Unit of Work Students develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and technology. Students will learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks, and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times. The knowledge and understanding students develop in this unit can be applied easily to Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities.
Overview of Unit 2
- This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
- The examination paper will be a question and answer booklet and all questions are compulsory.
- The examination paper will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.
- The total number of raw marks available is 80.