EXAM BOARD: Edexcel
TITLE: Edexcel Design Technology: Product Design
You will study a broad course of Design & Technology which builds on the core of what you have been taught across Key Stage 3 and you will choose to look at Product Design in more detail as a Product Design specialist. The course will teach you about the Timbers, Metals and Polymers you need to make a high level product for your GCSE coursework (Non Examined Assessment) through practical, project work and theory lessons which will underpin your understanding.
Design & Technology isn’t JUST one subject, it’s a fusion of lots of subjects. It doesn’t just cover Electronics, Product Design and Textiles, it includes Maths and Science. It teaches you to use D&T with Maths and Science to produce a high quality outcome, just like you have done in Key Stage 3. You’ll get to work in a multiple of Design & Technology subjects and use them together to produce something GREAT!
Year 10 is used to build on what we learn at Key Stage 3 and learn new content through some high level projects, which will stretch and challenge you to produce something amazing! It will give you a strong basis of knowledge as well as making skills and folder work, which can then be applied to Coursework, which we start at the end of Year 10 and counts for 50% of your final grade. Product Design theory is taught through a range of methods and we use Autodesk to model your work on CAD, which is available to take home for free.
Coursework (NEA) starts at the end of Year 10 and worked on in Year 11. You will have to produce a portfolio which demonstrates your ability to research, design, develop, make and evaluate your chosen product from a list of themes set by the exam board. Pupils studying Design Technology will need to provide materials for coursework or contribute towards the cost of components for practical work as you will keep whatever you make.
- Controlled Assessment - 50% Pupils complete an extended Design and Make project
- Written Paper - 50% (1hr 45min paper)
New Designers Show in June of Year 10
* Students may only opt for one of DT:Electronics, DT: Product Design, DT: Textiles.
Routes for Progression:
Studying Design & Technology shows an employer that you are able to use a wide range of academic and practical skills and can apply your knowledge to solve problems.
You can go on to study A level Product Design or Design Engineering following GCSE Design Technology. This can lead to university courses, college courses or employment in a range of areas including Product Design, Architecture, Furniture Design and a range of trade courses.