Design and Technology GCSE

This GCSE Design and Technology sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating. The majority of the specification is delivered through practical application, with various materials and processes, to develop the required knowledge and understanding in preparation for the examination and NEA.

Students may have the opportunity to select which area of material strength they will concentrate on for the NEA in Y11 and if the numbers are large enough the NEA could be taken with a bias towards: resistant materials, textiles or graphics. Students require a level 5 by the end of Year 9 to be able to access the math's elements of the course.

The Course Content:

  • new and emerging technologies
  • energy generation and storage 
  • developments in new materials 
  • systems approach to designing 
  • mechanical devices 
  • materials and their working properties. 


50% - NEA: Non-exam assessment (internal assessment)

Students undertake a substantial design and make task where they will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their practical understanding and application of the core, specialist and designing and making principles.

50% - Paper one: Split into three sections—Core technical principles; Specialist technical principles and Designing and making principles (120 minutes external examination).

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding. Several short answer questions and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles and a mixture of short answer and extended response questions.


This qualifications fulfil entry requirements for academic and vocational study at post-16 and could potentially open the door to a career in a variety of related industries including modern apprenticeships.

Start Date

July 2020

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level