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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Design and Technology

Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology (Resistant Materials) is engaging and inspiring, and reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving society – this qualification enables students to apply themselves and develop the practical skills needed to succeed in their chosen pathway.

In contrast to lower school Design and Technology, pupils have greater freedom to design products from their own specification.  Typical outcomes could include; lamps, radios, MP3 players or exciting combinations.  The materials used can include a range of polymers, wood, metal and glass.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in external competitions such as; the Faraday Challenge, the Design and Technology Tournament and F1 in Schools.  In Year 11 students also have the opportunity to apply for the Arkwright Scholarship which supports students in fulfilling careers and further education in engineering.

GCSE Product Design Curriculum 

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Written examination (1 hour and 45 minutes):  50% of the qualification – 100 marks

Section A: Core

This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A.

Section B: Material categories

This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in Section B.

Non-examined assessment:  50% of the qualification – 100 marks

There are four parts to the assessment:

  1. Investigate:  This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification
  2. Design:  This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the chosen design
  3. Make:  This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy
  4. Evaluate:  This includes testing and evaluation

 

Career Pathways 

What does it lead to?

Studying product design would be beneficial for those people who are interested in jobs within the creative, engineering or technology sectors. 

As you will learn many skills around design, planning and construction it suits hands on people who like to work practically. 

In the future there will be high demand for engineers and trades people with advancing technology changing the way that people work.

For more information click on our A Level Product Design course.

For example careers leading from this subject, click here.

You can watch a great series of videos on Design Technology at BBC Bitesize website.