Design and Technology

GCSE Design and Technology

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to learn about technology, work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Our GCSE allows students to study core technical, designing, and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also study specialist technical principles relating to timber and timber-based materials in greater depth.

Achievement is assessed in equal measure by an examination focused on technical understanding and a non-examined design development task.

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Year 10 GCSE Construction

WJEC Level 1 / Level 2 Award in Planning and Maintaining the Built Environment.


The WJEC Level 1 / Level 2 Award in Planning and Maintaining the Built Environment is designed to support learners to develop an awareness of key issues. It mainly supports learners who want to learn about the construction industry from the sustainability and maintenance perspective. It provides learners with a broad introduction to how the built environment is maintained and the types of career opportunities available.


It is mainly suitable as a foundation for further study. This further study could provide learners with the awareness of the work of different types of job roles in the sector such as builder, architect, interior designer, facilities manager or tradesperson. As a result, they may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue with their studies in order to pursue those job roles. For some of those job roles, such as architect or interior designer, this may require progression to higher education.


Learners must complete ALL units.   


   Unit 1

Adding value to the built environment.    

External assessed – 25% of overall grade

The purpose of this unit is for learners to recommend how the value of built environments can be improved.

Assignment available each academic year and must be opened after May 1st each year. It is a 6 hour timed, supervised assessment and must be completed within three weeks once it has been started.


 Unit 2

Maintaining the built environment.            

Internal assessed (externally moderated) 50% of overall grade

This unit has twice the amount of time allocated to it and should suit students who enjoy practical tasks such as; bricklaying, painting, carpentry and joinery.


   Unit 3

Sustainable environments                          

Internal assessed (externally moderated) 25% of overall grade

Through this unit, you will learn about sustainable design and construction techniques and processes used to address sustainability issues.




Key stage 3 – Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

During Year 7 and 8, students undertake design and make projects carefully selected to give them experience of working with a wide range of resistant materials and associated technologies such as Electronics and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

In year 9 students gain a flavour of the GCSEs that are available to them in KS4. They experience short courses from Product Design, Construction and Engineering. This enables them to select the most appropriate Design and Technology course for further study. At Key Stage 4, pupils have the opportunity of selecting courses ranging from vocational to the more academic.