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GCSE Technology

QAN code: 603/0984/2.

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. This course is split into two equal modules explained below


Module 1

What's assessed?

 • Core technical principles

 • Specialist technical principles

  Designing and making principles In addition:

 • At least 15% of the exam will assess maths

 • At least 10% of the exam will assess science.


How it's assessed?

• Written exam: 2 hours

 • 100 marks

• 50% of GCSE


Module 2

What's assessed?

Practical application of:

• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

 • Designing and making principles

How it's assessed?

• Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx.

 • 100 marks

• 50% of GCSE Task(s)

 • Substantial design and make task


  Assessment criteria:

 • Identifying and investigating design possibilities

• Producing a design brief and specification

• Generating design ideas

 • Developing design ideas

 • Realising design ideas

 • Analysing & evaluating


• Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission        of the NEA

 • Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence

 • Work will be