Design Technology Key Stage 4

The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities.

Theory Topics:

  • Influential Designers
  • Joining materials
  • Materials and their properties
  • Prototyping
  • Design strategies
  • The impact of new and emerging technologies
  • Developing, communicating and justifying design ideas
  • Planning production
  • SMART materials
  • Health and Safety

Practical Work:

  • Using jigs and vacuum forming
  • Use of hand tools
  • Use of power tools
  • Prototyping
  • CAD / CAM
Year 10
Half Term
Topics to be covered Home Learning
1New and emerging technologies
Design Strategies
Communication of design ideas
Energy generation and storage
Systems approach to designing
Mechanical devices 3.1.5
Developments in new materials
Materials and their working properties

Example NEA style project

– Project 1 MP3 docking station/storage.
Introducing the idea of iterative thinking

Selection of materials or components
Using and working with materials
Communication of ideas
Exam Question Booklets






NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
2Ecological and social footprint
Design Strategies
Communication of ideas
Ecological and social footprint
Using and working with materials
Sources and origins
Stock forms types and sizes
Communication of ideas
Scales of production
Investigation, primary and secondary data
Communication of ideas
Specialist techniques and processes
Material Management
Exam Question Booklets

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
3Specialist techniques and processes Material management
Tolerances
Surface treatments and finishes
Forces and stresses

Example NEA style project
– Project 2 (lighting).
Building iteration into a project in preparation for the NEA.

The work of others
Design strategies
Communication of design ideas
Exam Question Booklets


NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
4Investigation, primary and secondary data
Design strategies
Communication of design ideas
Investigation, primary and secondary data Prototype development
Selection of materials and components
Tolerances
Material management
Specialist tools and equipment
Specialist techniques and processes
Using and working with materials
Specialist techniques and processes
Specialist tools and equipment
Using and working with materials
Specialist techniques and processes
Surface treatments and finishes
Exam Question Booklets


NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
5Using and working with materials
Scales of production
Specialist techniques and processes

Batch/Mass/ JIT Production
Students discuss the benefits of these commercial processes in terms of mass of batch production.
Exam Question Booklets

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
6NEA Contexual Analysis – 1st June
Research and
NEA Research Task

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
Year 11
Half Term
Topics to be covered Home Learning
1NEA – Self Directed
Exam Question Booklets

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
2NEA - Self Directed
Exam Question Booklets

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
3NEA

Mock Exam Preparation
Mock Exam
Exam Question Booklets

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
4RevisionExam Question Booklets

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom
5Revision
Final Exam
Exam Question Booklets

NEA Research
Questions & Revision Tests through Google Classroom