Technology and Design

"A scientist discovers that which exists. An engineer creates that which never was"

Head of Department:

Mrs E McMillen

The focus is on enabling pupils to understand many forms of technology and to become confident and responsible users of technology. This subject also encourages creative thinking and problem solving.

The Course – The study of Technology & Design provides opportunities to: analyse existing products; develop practical solutions to consumer needs, wants and opportunities; design and make quality products; understand that designing and making reflect and influence culture and society; understand that products have an impact on lifestyle; develop creativity and critical analysis skills; make links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design; explore how aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making; develop decision-making skills; consider sustainability; and gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.  The course is entrepreneurial in spirit and encourages independent thinking and creativity.

Controlled Assessment – 60% 1. Design assignment (20%) - Completed by Easter of Form 4; Project (40%) - Completed by Easter of Year 12.  The Project element of the course enables pupils to work on a self selected project in response to a ‘real world’ brief.

 External examination: Pupils take two external examinations, each exam is 1 hour in duration and each exam has a value of 20% of the course.

Specific Entry Requirements – Pupils must have shown relevant skill, abilities and interests in Years 9 and 10.

Links to ‘A’ Level Study – It is strongly recommended, though not essential, that those taking ‘A’ Level should have studied GCSE Technology & Design.  The specification helps prepare pupils for the study of design related courses at a more advanced level.

Career Opportunities – Since Technology & Design develops a wide array of skills in design, innovation and communication, it is useful in many career pathways.  These include, but are not limited to: product design, architecture, automotive design, fashion & textile design.  Most strands of engineering follow naturally from the areas studied within the course including aeronautical, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering fields and many of our students pursue and excel in these areas.

Furthermore many design related university courses, including product design and architecture, call for portfolio presentations as part of the application process – Technology and Design at GCSE and beyond provides a firm basis for the generation of portfolio content.

A Level


Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE (Product Design)

The Course:

  • This course offers opportunities for a broad involvement in technology, in-depth study of specific areas of the subject and for appreciating the applications of technology.
  • The acquisition of a good level of design, communication, scientific and practical skills is essential.  The course, which is structured with the demands of both industry and higher education in mind, has design as a topic in almost all sections.  Students will be encouraged to consider design in the broad sense (the way in which designers have influenced our world) and in detailed sense (making decisions in particular design situations).

Specific & General Entry Requirements:

A GCSE in Technology (Grade B or better) is normally essential but those wishing to take this subject should have a real interest in the subject area, a determination to succeed and be prepared to devote considerable amounts of their time to coursework.

Remember - an informed decision, is always the best decision!

Speak to any member of the Technology & Design Staff for more information or advice about Technology & Design at GCSE and beyond.