Design and Technology (Edexcel GCSE)
- Miss Jenna Button
- Mrs Jane Eaton
From 2017, this newly designed GCSE combines core knowledge from the previously separated Design and Technology subjects of Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control and Textiles to produce one distinct qualification providing students with the opportunity to learn about Design & Technology as an holistic subject, with the option to specialise for their chosen design and make prototype project.
The majority of this course will be taught through practical projects by exploring, creating and evaluating a range of design problems.
The three main topics covered are:
- Core technical principles – including an understanding of the working properties of a range of materials including new and smart technologies
- Specialist technical principles – developing an in-depth knowledge of at least one material area which would include using and working with the material using specialist techniques, industry knowledge and how it impacts on planet Earth
- Design and making principles – understanding how to design and develop prototypes for a range of design problems, considering the needs of the user. Understand how to carry out relevant research and how to communicate design ideas effectively
Design and Technology Resources
Assessment in Design and Technology
External exam 50%
Section A: Core
This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A.
Section B: Material categories – Textiles
This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in Section B.
There are four parts to the assessment:
This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification
This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the
This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy
This includes testing and evaluation
|GCSE D&T – LTP Textiles Year 11|
|Week||Lesson content:||Specification & Assessment|
|NEA – generating design ideas|
Developing design ideas
AO4: Evaluating (Continuously)
|Realising Design Ideas||AO3: Make
AO4: Evaluating (Continuously)
|Analysing and Evaluating||AO4: Evaluate|
|Revision and exam prep|
|Mock Exam TBC|
Marking of Student Work and Feedback
Student work is assessed formally by the class teacher in line the school policy of at least once times per term (based on a standard 6 week term) or how it falls in line with the assignment deadlines. Teachers will specifically indicate what work will and will not be marked in order to give our students a clear idea of what is expected from them and so they can always present their best work. Students are encouraged to self- and peer-assess their work through the use of our Green and Purple pens.
Assessment feedforward sheets are used as part of the assessment marking process. Staff comments provide guidance on how students can improve their level of understanding. Staff are expected to review all peer assessed and self-assessed work and provide guidance when necessary.
- Homework is set in line with the School Homework Policy. The intended length of homework should normally be 1 hour per week
- Students will record homework in their planners and teachers will share via SIMS Parent/Student the details of what has been set and when it is due to be handed in
Supporting Your Daughter in Design and Technology: Textiles Route
There are a number of ways you can support your daughter with her Design and Technology
- Ensure your daughter completes any reading homework within the deadline so they do not fall behind and can access the topics/themes studied in class time
- Encourage her to do well – good GCSE grades in a wide variety of subjects will help her achieve her ambitions
Revision and Support Materials
Design and Technology: Textiles
- Lonsdale Essentials Textiles Technology ISBN: 978-1-906415-52-5 (already provided)
- GCSE Bitesize