COURSE: AQA GCSE Design and Technology
The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values
Specification at a glance
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.
Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)
A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.
Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.
A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
Substantial design and make task
Identifying and investigating design possibilities
Producing a design brief and specification
Generating design ideas
Developing design ideas
Realising design ideas
Analysing & evaluating
In the spirit of the iterative design process, the above should be awarded holistically where they take place and not in a linear manner
Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA.
Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence. Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA