Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, manufacturing products and evaluating them.

During Year 11 and 12 students are encouraged to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. Students develop a working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics, composite materials and new technologies.

GCSE Design and Technology Specification (Link)



 AQA     GCSE Design and Technology




   Examination     Paper

100 Marks     – 50% of GCSE

2 Hour     Exam

Section A – Core technical principles

Section B – Specialist technical principles

Section C – Designing and making principles


   Non Examination Assessment   

100 Marks – 50% of GCSE   

Design and make task:

• Identifying and investigating design possibilities

• Producing a design brief and specification

• Generating design ideas

• Developing design ideas

• Realising design ideas

• Analysing & evaluating

• Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June     in the year prior to the submission of the NEA

• Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence

• Work will be marked by     teachers and moderated by AQA   

Examples of Year 11 Manufactured Projects.


Examples of Year 12 Manufactured Projects.