Courses‎ > ‎

GCSE Technology

Level: 2 (9-1)


Exam Board: Edexcel



What Will I Learn?

  • Design and Technology encourages students to consider design problems (usually actual problems other people face).
  • You will develop a range of practical skills associated with modern industry by using cutting edge equipment like the laser cutter or 3D Printer.
  • You will develop an understanding of drawing as a method of communication.
  • You will learn to work as a team to solve design problems.
  • You will develop an understanding of aesthetics and its role in the design of everyday items and architecture and you will develop practical skills that will help you in everyday life.
  • You will learn to consider people with individual needs, such as designing for the elderly or disabled.
  • You will learn about the technology of other cultures from an historical and modern perspective and look at the role of designers in history and the modern world.
  • The environment is a serious consideration to any design and technology student.
  • Students will learn the importance of money when costing projects.
  • You will learn to problem solve through the projects given to you and you will develop communication skills through designing and group work.
  • Design and Technology allows you to be creative!
  • Design and Technology directly supports manufacturing industry by providing this sector of the economy with capable technologists.
  • Design and Technology provides a framework for learning and coming up with ideas.


How Will I Learn?

Technology is about giving you the skills to create quality products by learning to work with a variety of materials as well as investigating, designing, planning, manufacturing and evaluating in all technology subject areas. D&T allows students to develop values and understanding into wider issues such as economic, moral, social and environmental issues.

Knowledge and understanding is taught specifically within D&T, but it also draws on other curriculum areas such as science, mathematics, art and design, business education, information technology, environmental education and economic and industrial understanding.


What skills will I acquire on this course?

The course will provide an opportunity for students to develop their own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills and apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities; successful students will develop critical thinking and collaborative skills.  Students gain success when they show the ability to be self-sufficient, motivated, determined and enthusiastic.

How Will I Be Assessed?

The Edexcel GCSE in Technology consists of 3 small projects in Year 10 to improve skills and introduce students to certain more complex aspects of the course.  In Year 11 students complete a 40 hour project (of their own choice) that consists of a practical piece of work and a supporting A3 portfolio plus one external exam of 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Design and Technology Leads to Careers in?

Engineering               Manufacturing                        Materials Science                   Product Design

Graphic Design          Architecture                           Construction                           Interior Design

Games Design           Project Management             Computer Aided Design         Design and Crafts

New enterprise and entrepreneurship


“Our economy is facing shortages of science, technology, engineering and maths skills, and to secure growth in high value sectors we need more young people with practical D&T skills. The Design and Technology student of today are the engineers and technicians of tomorrow.”


Helen Alexander

President, CBI