Design and Technology KS4

Curriculum Intent

The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate products.

The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes of products that solve real-life and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

The course is a GCSE which seeks to prepare students to:

• Take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens
• Develop an understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world
• Participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world through the study and use of CAD
(Computer-Aided Design) and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing)
• Develop practical skills including the use of hand tools and specialist machinery for cutting, shaping, casting,
moulding, joining and finishing a range of materials
• Develop an understanding of commercial and industrial processes and an in-depth knowledge of materials and
their properties.

During Year 10 students will study key knowledge theory plus, practical skills and techniques through a range of projects chosen to prepare them for their major project in Year 11.
In Year 10 students will continue to study key knowledge concurrently with their non-examined coursework.

Examination board: Edexcel

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