Type of Qualification

GCSE - Edexcel Design & Technology 1DT0/1F



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 Timbers. The specification requires students to develop their ability to make timber products.

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

  • During Year 10, students will focus on developing their making skills on a range of different projects learning basic material application and workshop 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 this 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 study the A level Product Design course at Ashby School providing they meet the Sixth Form entry requirements. There are also many level 2/3 college courses or apprenticeships available.

Students can then go on to study a wide variety of design based degree courses at university.

Students could combine subjects to aim for a career in engineering, sports product design and architecture.




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