Type of Qualification

GCSE - Edexcel Design & Technology 1DT0/1B



Course Content

The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities

The core element of the course is the same across all Design Technology GCSEs and will include elements such as:

· The Impact of new and emerging technologies

· Technical materials

· Critical Evaluation of technologies

· Mechanical movements and forces

· Electronic systems and programmable components

· Categorisation and properties of materials

This is a Design Technology course with a specialism in Paper and Board. The specification requires students to develop their ability to make graphic products.

Over the two years, students will develop their practical and theory knowledge to successfully manufacture graphic products and to acquire knowledge of a range of different materials along with CAD skills.

  • During Year 10, students will focus on developing their  making skills on a range of different projects - learning basic material applications and CAD skills
  • In Year 11, students will complete their Non Examined Assessment portfolio. This includes researching, designing, making and evaluating for a chosen client. In addition there will be preparation for their exam at the end of Year 11.   


How is the course assessed? 

Non Exam Assessment (50%)

There are 4 parts to this assessment:

· Investigate

· Design

· Make

· Evaluate.

Exam (50%) - 1 hour 45 minutes

Section 1: Core Subject

Section 2: Student Choice.


Where will this course take me?

Students can progress on to the A level Product Design course, providing they meet the Sixth Form entry           requirements.

Students may also progress onto a level 2/3 college course or apprenticeship.

 Students taking this course could work towards a career in design or manufacturing including architecture, product design, technical illustration, engineering and many more.




Ashby School Options information for Year 9 Students

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