Design and Technology (Product Design)

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About the subject

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject offering students opportunity to use their creativity and imagination supported by technical knowledge and understanding to design and make functional prototype products to solve problems that consider other's needs, wants, aspirations and values. This is underpinned by developing understanding of how designers work within the constraints of industrial and commercial practice, as well as reflecting cultural, legal, social and moral issues that are prevalent in the wider world around us.

Entry Requirements

GCSE D&T Grade 6 plus GCSE Maths Grade 5

Year 12 Topics

2.2.1 Designing and Innovation
2.2.2 Materials and Components
2.2.3 Processes
2.2.5 Product Analysis
2.2.7 Public Interaction (marketing and research)
2.3 Designing and Making Practice

Year 13 Topics

2.2.1 Designing and Innovation
2.2.4 Industrial and Commercial Practice
2.2.5 Systems
2.2.6 Human Responsibility
2.3 Non-examined assessment; sustained design and make project.


Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century. Written examination taken in summer of Yr13: 3 hours (50% of grade)
Component 2: Sustained design and make project. Non-examined assessment started in summer Yr12 and completed Spring Yr13: approx 80 hours (50% of grade)

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