GCSE Design & Technology

Why should I study design and technology?

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.

Pupils will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology, including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. They will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

This course allows pupils to study core technical, designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

What will I study?

  • Engineering drawing
  • 2D and 3D computer software to design and model ideas
  • Materials technology
  • Mass production techniques
  • Ergonomics and Anthropometrics
  • Development of craft skills and use of machinery
  • Development of graphical techniques

Y10 DT

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Are there any field trips or enrichment opportunities?

We have previously visited Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull, JCB World HQ in Stafforshire and Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester.

How will I be assessed?

The exam board for this course is AQA and assessment is divided between non-exam assessment (NEA) and a final written exam at the end.

Paper 1

  • Written exam split into three sections to cover each of the principles studied and some relevant areas of maths and science
  • Exam duration: 2 hours
  • 100 marks – 50% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

  • Practical design and making task
  • Pupils submit a prototype and portfolio of supportive written evidence
  • 30 – 35 hours
  • 100 marks – 50% of GCSE

What are the next steps?

Should you wish to choose design and technology, you will need to add it as the main choice in the Option 3 box. If you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Teacher of Design and Technology, Mr Davenport, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Founded in 1503, Bridgnorth Endowed School has a rich and long history in education.

Today, it is a vibrant non-selective co-educational secondary school that offers great facilities, high quality teaching and an exciting choice of extra-curricular activities.

The school benefits from a thirty-acre campus and its own on-site leisure centre, with all the convenience of a town centre location.

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Northgate, Bridgnorth
Shropshire, WV16 4ER

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