“The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.” (AQA website)
The new AQA Design and Technology GCSE has a STEM focus, covering a broad range of subjects. There is one exam paper and one course work submission, each weighted at 50% of the final grade.
In Y10 students will complete small materials based projects and samples, alongside research and design tasks.
In Y11 students will produce a 20-page design portfolio and practical outcome, worth 50% of their GCSE grade. The remaining class time is used to cover/revise core knowledge and to make students aware of current design practise and designers.
KS4 Subject areas:
- New & emerging technologies
- Paper & boards
- Timber-based materials
- Metal- based materials
- Textiles- based materials
- Electronic & mechanical systems
- Social & Moral Issues
- Design & making principles
- Applied maths