Design and Technology GCSE

Course Content

The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Design and Technology elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The GCSE allows able students to study core technical and 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.

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 work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

The course content

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles
  • D&T project (NEA)


50% - Examination: Computer Systems (120 minutes external examination)

Written exam: Core technical principles across; Specialist technical principles, Designing and making principles.

50% - NEA: Design and Make project (internal assessment)

Identifying and investigating design possibilities; Producing a design brief and specification; Generating design ideas; Developing design ideas; Realising design ideas, Analysing & evaluating.


The specification has been designed to allow progression into the world of work or into AS Level and/or A Level Product Design.


Students can opt for only one design and technology based subject at GCSE level.

Start Date

July 2017

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level