Technology - GCSE
GCSE Student Guide (PDF file)
Involves you showing an understanding of:
Materials: types uses, how to join and finish them. Manufacturing processes in industry, computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing
Systems and control: electronics, micro electronics, mechanisms and pneumatics.
Product design: market demand, client research, analysis, design, evaluation.
Product design assignment: design process, sketching and drawing, product analysis and evaluation. This will consist of a design assignment folder set by CCEA. Consisting of, a maximum of 12 excellent quality. A3 design sheets.
Design project: pupils will complete a making project set by CCEA.
GCSE provides a thorough preparation for the study of Technology and Design and related courses at GCE A and AS Level
It allows students to develop transferable skills, which will benefit them in vocational training and employment.
Benefits to pupils:
- Develop as effective and independent learners;
- An ability to make decisions, combine skills,
- Knowledge and understanding to design and make quality products
- Analyse existing products and develop practical solutions to needs
- Decision-making skills
- An understanding that designing and making reflect and influence people
- Skills of creativity and critical analysis, through making links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design.
Unit 1: Technology and Design Core 20%
Externally assessed written paper examination lasts 1 hour
Unit 3: Product Design 20%
Externally assessed written paper examination lasts 1 hour.
Unit 4: Design Assignment 20%
Controlled assessment 1 CCEA set the design assignment.
Teachers mark the assignment and CCEA moderate it.
Unit 5: Design Project 40%
Controlled assessment 2 CCEA set the project. Students take either:
• Element 1: Systems Design and Manufacturing; or
• Element 2: Product Design and Manufacturing.
Two Units will be completed in year 11 and two in year 12