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



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.

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