Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

Design and Technology

  • Head of subject: Mr M Lawless
  • Years taught: 9 to 11, Key stage 4
  • Qualifications: GCSE Design and Technology
  • Examining body: OCR

what will you study

Students will be required to learn the core principles of design and technology and apply their understanding to solve real and relevant problems.  They will carry out the following:

  • Identifying requirements
  • Learning from existing products and practice
  • Implications of wider issues
  • Design thinking and communication
  • Material considerations
  • Technical understanding
  • Manufacturing processes and techniques
  • Viability of design solutions

the skills and qualities you need to succeed in this course are

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • The ability to research independently, analyse and evaluate information
  • Good practical skills

how is the course assessed

The course is assessed with a two hour exam and controlled assessment each worth 50%

ComponentMarksDurationWeighting
Principals of Design and Technology (01)1002 hours 50%
Iterative Design Challenge (02/03)100Approx. 40 hours50%

what might you study after this

Students successfully completing the course may continue on to A level design and technology. They may also go on to study a degree in design.

possible careers

The whole course is focused around developing students for a professional career in design or manufacturing industries. The skills you develop on the course are also transferrable to many careers outside design, such as teaching, retail or business management

for more information contact

Mr M Lawless