GCSE Design & Technology

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Product & Fashion Outline
The course begins in Year 10, where students are taught a variety of skills and knowledge linked to their study area (Fashion or Product) This includes making and designing skills.
In May of Year 10, students will begin their major project, which is undertaken until March of Year 11. This project is worth 50% of the overall GCSE grade.
The remaining 50% is undertaken in the exam unit, which focuses about subject knowledge linked to the selected study area, this focuses on general design, materials and processes and on skills and knowledge learned during the coursework element
Product Design
Product design is an area that covers a large range of design disciplines. The main focus of this course looks at styling and model making of new products. Pupils will be expected to design new and futuristic products and then model them to make them as realistic as possible. This course can also include a graphics focus in the coursework
Past projects have included lighting design, mobile phones and style models. Each of these products has included the use of PC’s to rendering and manufacture the product, along with traditional manufacture to achieve a high quality outcome.
Fashion & Textiles
The course is aimed at students who have an interest in textiles and fashion design as possible future careers. The course includes a range of creative projects in year 10 that allow students to develop design and practical skills ready for controlled assessments.
Fashion & Textiles is a practical based course, focused on designing and making. It provides exciting hands on opportunities to explore various creative and manufacturing techniques like appliqué, printing, stenciling, painting, quilting, embellishments,  batik, tie-dye and computerized sewing machine work.
Pupils should be keen to develop their visual skills and be creative, enthusiastic and imaginative. They should be willing to experiment and take risks with their work, pushing their designs through development to achieve the highest possible outcomes both in style and quality.


Unit 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 one area selected from:

  • Engineering design
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Product design .

Unit 2: Design and make task Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours 50% of qualification A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates’ ability to:

  • Identify, investigate, analyse and outline design possibilities
  • Design and make prototypes and evaluate their fitness for purpose

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