What does this qualification cover?

  • The final grade is achieved from 50% Exam and 50% Coursework
  • The content of this course is broken down in to the following eight bullet points:
    1. Identifying requirements
    2. Learning from existing products and practice
    3. Implications of wider issues
    4. Design thinking and communication
    5. Material considerations
    6. Technical understanding
    7. Manufacturing processes and techniques
    8. Viability of design solutions

What’s included?

Central to the content of this qualification is the requirement for learners to understand and apply processes of iterative designing in their design and technology practice. They will need to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills through interrelated iterative processes that ‘explore’ needs, ‘create’ solutions and ‘evaluate’ how well the needs have been met.

Key Features

  • The course follows the OCR Design Technology J310 Qualification. More information can be found at GCSE – Design and Technology (9-1) – J310 (from 2017) – OCR
  • It offers a foundation in the principles and iterative design practices of various 21st century design and manufacture industries.
  • The qualification offers flexibility in the approaches students use to apply knowledge and understanding of these practices and principles when designing and making prototypes that solve real and relevant problems.

Links to workplace

  • By choosing to study Design Technology you will gain access to a wide range of potential occupations.
  • Links with employers and work experience will be an integral part of the course and will develop skills to enhance career opportunities.
  • Employer mentoring schemes will also be available to help prepare students for chosen pathways on their post 16 courses.


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