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Design Technology


Design and Technology (D&T) is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which helps prepare you to live
and work in the designed and made world.
Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for you to develop your capability, combining your
designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. This qualification will support and complement those pupils who also choose Engineering and if you are wanting a career in the Engineering sector this qualification will also support your choice, this does not mean that you have to choose both.

What will you do?

You will use both the workshop and the CAD suite to design, develop and manufacture solutions to real life
problems. You will combine elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to answer briefs given.
Design and manufacture a cantilever storage solution
Dramatically Improve CAD skills through a variety of mini CAD modelling tasks.
Design, develop and manufacture a low powered lamp.

Experiment with new and exciting materials such as concrete  as well as various woods, metals and plastics.
Experiment with a wide variety of manufacturing processes such as casting, vacuum forming and ply bending.

Use the skills acquired over the previous 2 years to independently complete the 50% assessment
element of your GCSE.

How will I be assessed?

A 50% design and make controlled assessment element
A 50% theory exam
The coursework element gives you a fantastic opportunity to secure half of your final grade during
lesson time and not under the pressures of an exam.

There may be the opportunity to study a very similar qualification called a technical award which is more of a vocational course that runs along side this GCSE, your teacher will make the decision based on your assessment points in Y9.

What skills will I learn?

You will learn a variety of skills:

  • problem solving;
  • communication;
  • the use of functional maths;
  • graphical;
  • ICT and modelling;
  • planning;
  • decision-making;
  • organisation.

Additional activities

You may participate in:

  • Educational visits to perform research to London and other design museums across the country. Visits to local industries.

How can Design & Technology help me in the future?

There are various careers using Design & Technology. Here are some examples:

  • Engineer;
  • Blacksmith;
  • Cabinet Maker;
  • Jeweller;
  • Stage Set Construction;
  • Product Designer;
  • Manufacturer;
  • Concept Designer;

GCSE Design & Technology provides you with a suitable foundation for the continued study of design at a more advanced level e.g.

  • Advanced Level 3 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery;
  • Certificate in Making and Installing Furniture;
  • Advance Level 3 in Engineering;
  • Advanced Level 3 in Design & Technology.

How do I find out more?

Ask Miss Lichfield or Mr Senior for more information and guidance.

Email: h.lichfield@oakwood.ac​, a.senior@oakwood.ac