Students will research, analyse and generate design ideas and models considering customer needs, mindful of themes, fashions and trends. Environmental concerns will be considered, alongside the use of smart materials and new emerging technologies.   Students will gain experience in identifying and solving a range of issues, developing skills as well as demonstrating knowledge and understanding in Health & Safety. This will be evident through their design ideas and practical application. Students will have an opportunity to develop CAD / CAM skills using 2 D Design, Laser Cutter and 3 D printers.  Students will learn to investigate and evaluate products already on the market and how to modify and develop with sound reasoning.  This prepares students for GCSE in Design and Technology with fundamental understanding of the contribution Design and Technology makes to our modern world.

Key Stage 3 Overview

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Year 7 Picture Frame and Wooden Puzzle Project Picture Frame and Wooden Puzzle Project Picture Frame and Wooden Puzzle Project
Year 8 Sweet Dispenser Sweet Dispenser Sweet Dispenser
Year 9 Cam Toy Cam Toy Cam Toy

Students learning will be assessed by:

Practical skill ability and written assessments in the following areas:
Developing design ideas;
Practical tasks;
Evaluation of the outcome;
Technical Knowledge, related to the product and processes studied.

GCSE Design Technology in Years 10 & 11

Course Leader: Mr Ellis
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Examination Board: AQA
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination

What does the course involve?

  • Core technical principles

  • Specialist technical principles

  • Designing and making principles

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Skills developed

The AQA GCSE Design and Technology explores the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating. 

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.

The 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 best suited to students wishing to develop strong theoretical knowledge of design principles and technical knowledge of materials, usually in preparation for A Level Product Design.

Studying Design Technology at Sixth Form

Students can continue studying product design as an A Level here at Thomas Gainsborough School.