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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

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GCSE Design & Technology

Course Overview

This is a new qualification, which will start in 2017.  It is different to the previous GCSE Design and Technology course, which the school had offered in the past.  It is split up into two assessments, both are worth 50% of the total marks for the exam.  The two assessments are; Paper 1 and a Non Exam Assessment.

Exam Profile

Subject content and assessment:

Paper 1

This is a 2 hour exam and accounts for 50% of the GCSE marks.  It is broken down into 3 sections:

  1. Core Technical Principles, which is worth 20 marks
  2. Specialist Technical Principles, worth 30 marks
  3. Design & Making Principles, which is worth 50 marks.

Non-exam Assessment (NEA)

This is a Design & Make task and will cover 4 main areas: Investigating, Designing, Making and Analysing / Evaluating and is worth 50% of the GCSE marks.  This will be marked and assessed by the teacher, under the exam board's strict guidelines.

The NEA is similar to the existing Product Design GCSE where pupils will design and make a product.  However the amount of time we can spend on this has been reduced significantly. 

Pupils will be given a task to complete by the exam board.  Pupils will no longer be able to choose their own projects.  Due to the restructuring of the GCSE the practical aspect of the course will have fewer marks apportioned to it.

More Information

The course content and specification, when finalised, can be found on the AQA exam board website.