Design and Technology

Subject: Design and Technology
Head of Department: Mr D Ainley

Pupils undertaking GCSE examinations in 2018
Resistant Materials Full course GCSE

This course is concerned with designing and making objects in three main materials; wood, metal and plastic. Using the Design Process, pupils are taught to analyse, research, generate and develop ideas through model making, write specifications, develop practical skills through the production of products and evaluate their work. Graphics is an integral element of the course and pupils are encouraged to use a range of techniques to illustrate their ideas clearly.
Coursework: The coursework represents 80% of the final grade, is based on the exam board design briefs and is completed by Easter of Year 11.

This course has a two hour examination that is based on subject specific knowledge and understanding. The exam is a mix of short answers, structured and extended questions.

Pupils undertaking GCSE examinations 2019 and onwards


Component 1:

Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 2 hours

50% of qualification

A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of:

  • technical principles
  • designing and making principles along with their ability to
  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.

Component 2: Design and make task Non-exam assessment:

50% of qualification

A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual  challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates’ ability to:

  • identify, investigate and outline design possibilities
  • design and make prototypes
  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.