Design and Technology

Exam Board: AQA

GCSE Design and Technology enables you to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

To do a GCSE in Design and Technology you will need to be resilient, understand your first idea won’t always be the one you develop, accept constructive criticism and input from others around you and be open to all suggestions.

If you have a natural inquisitive mind into how products work, where they have come from and why they have been designed in that way, then this course is the right one for you.

A GCSE in Design and Technology can lead to a career as a product designer, a typographer, a graphic designer, an engineer, sales and marketing, media and advertising, a carpenter, an architect, a book designer, a landscape designer, an interior designer, a set designer, a teacher and many more. If it is creative, it more than likely will have stemmed from Product Design!


50% examination, 50% controlled assessment. The controlled assessment will include a portfolio of design and investigation work as well as practical pieces made using workshop tools and equipment.