DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Key Stage 3
Year 7
  • Workshop safety 

  • Sustainability 

  • Iterative design process 

  • Development of hand tool skills 

  • Model making 

  • Graphics 

  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacture 

Year 8
  • Model making 

  • Graphics 

  • Making and developing nets 

  • Use of a range of machinery 

  • High quality finishing skills 

  • CAD / CAM 

 

Year 9
  • Sustainability 

  • Branding 

  • Iterative design process 

  • Product Development 

  • Use of hand tools 

  • Electronics 

  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) 

 

Key Stage 4

 

AQA Design and Technology GCSE

 

Practical application of:

  • Core technical principles

  • Specialist technical principles

  • Designing and making principles

Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx - 100 marks

50% of GCSE Substantial design and make task

 

Assessment criteria:

Identifying and investigating design possibilities

  • Producing a design brief and specification

  • Generating design ideas

  • Developing design ideas

  • Realising design ideas

  • Analysing & evaluating

 

In the spirit of the iterative design process, the above should be awarded holistically where they take place and not in a linear manner.

Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence

 

Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

 

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions

 

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

 

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

 

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Last updated: September 2019

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