Design & Technology GCSE

Resistant Materials, Electronics & Graphics Specialisms


GCSE students will build on the skills that they developed in Resistant Materials, Graphics and Systems & Control (Electronics) at Key Stage 3.  All elements of Design & Technology theory will be taught in the core part of the course: textiles, woods, metals, plastics, papers, boards, electronic systems, modern and smart materials, technical textiles, programmable components and mechanical devices.


Students studying Design & Technology will design and make fully functioning products using the material areas of woods, metals, plastics, electronics, paper and boards.  A mix of traditional hand skills will be taught, as well as up-to-date industrial CAD/CAM skills such as using the laser cutter to make complex practical outcomes.  

For their final GCSE design and make task, students are able, and actively encouraged, to use any materials they want to, or a combination of materials. They will design and make at least one final working prototype which must be a fully functioning design outcome or product.



50% exam and 50% design and make task. All assessment to AQA assessment criteria.


Career prospects in both the engineering and creative Industries are fantastic; many companies are struggling to fill vacancies.  Between now and 2022, the creative and engineering industries will need 1.8 million new people and another million by 2030.


Design & Technology skills can lead on to a range of pathways including careers in advertising, web design, animation and illustration. Many of our past students have gone on to study Engineering (Aeronautical, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Biomedical and Environmental) at university.


Progression to Petroc, Exeter College or Sixth Form, Apprenticeships, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Design A-level, Vocational Construction courses, 3D Art & Design, Art and Design BTEC and Graphic Design, Art & Design and Illustration A-Levels.

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