Design & Technology

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Design & Technology

Design and Technology offers the opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience from working with a variety of materials. Practical problem-solving aims to encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation.

Examination Board Edexcel

Specification Number 9DT0

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

Design & Technology

Design and Technology offers the opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience from working with a variety of materials. Practical problem-solving aims to encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation.

Examination Board Edexcel

Specification Number 9DT0

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

Design and Technology offers the opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience from working with a variety of materials. Practical problem-solving aims to encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation.

 

The course is designed to encourage students to take a broad view of technology and design; to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing. 3D Design is intended to reflect the wide-ranging activities of professional designers.

 

Graphics is an integral part of the course, requiring students to communicate their thinking clearly and represent their ideas graphically.

 

Assessment Content
Topic 1Materials
Topic 2Performance characteristics of materials
Topic 3Processes and techniques
Topic 4Digital technologies
Topic 5Factors influencing the development of products
Topic 6Effects of technological developments
Topic 7Potential hazards and risk assessment
Topic 8Features of manufacturing industries
Topic 9Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
Topic 10Current legislation
Topic 11Information handling, modelling and forward planning
Topic 12Further processes and techniques
Course Leader of Design & Technology

Mrs Eccleston

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE Design & Technology 5+

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

Assessment Content Marks Value
Practical ApplicationSubstantial design and make tasks120 marks50% of grade
Examination PaperTopics 1 - 12120 marks50% of grade

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions focused on: Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others. Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts. Students must answer all questions.

Progression Route

Successful completion of this course qualifies students to progress at Degree Level. Degree courses are available in a wide range of subjects, including Product Design, Graphics, Jewellery, Theatre Design, Costume/Textiles,Architecture, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Automobile and Aviation. Post – Graduate Degree options could also include Masters Degrees or Teacher Training.

How do I prepare? 

Recommended Reads
Advanced Design & Technology Longman
The Sustainability Handbook Practical Action
Genius of Design Penny Sparks
Useful Websites
DATA Explore Website
How Stuff Works Explore Website
New Designers Explore Website
The Black Inventors Online Explore Website
Design Week Explore Website
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Course Leader of Design & Technology
Mrs Eccleston Claire.eccleston@woodgreenacademy.co.uk