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WJEC Design and Technology

This WJEC GCSE in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors.

Each learner will therefore study four areas of content:

1. Core knowledge and understanding

2. In-depth knowledge and understanding for one of: engineering design, fashion and textiles,  product design

3. Core skills

4. In-depth skills for one of: engineering design, fashion and textiles, product design


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 and 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.


In Design Technology, the KS3 Curriculum content has been chosen to engage our students using topical environmental and social issues and a range iterative design challenges.  In addition to this, we will be developing core principle skills and knowledge within each year of KS3 to build a foundation of knowledge across the key stage with the overarching objective that our students will begin to develop culturally rich understanding of the subject that can encourage learning in KS4 and in STEM careers in the future.

Design Technology, Food & Nutrition and Textiles are delivered over Two units in KS3, where students will learn a combination of each subject twice.

Unit 1

  • Workshop safety

  • Sustainability

  • Iterative design process

  • Development of hand tool skills

  • High quality finishing skills

  • Model making

  • Graphics

  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacture

Unit 2

  • Sustainability

  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture

  • Branding and advertising through Graphics Products

  • Iterative design process

  • Product Development

  • Use of hand tools

  • Electronics

  • Soldering


To be taught from the September 2024 specification (to be confirmed).


Mrs S Denton


Design Technology: Miss L Carr , Mrs S Denton

Technician: Mr A Bannister

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