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Design & Technology at GCSE is split into several individual subject areas, each a separate GCSE. These are:


-Resistant Materials

-Electronic Products

-Graphics

-Systems & Control

-Textiles Technology

-Food Technology

-Product Design

A Level

Food Technology

develops a thorough understanding of food products that might be marketed or included in the specific requirements of catering or dietary needs. A significant part of this knowledge would be applicable to catering as a study choice. There can be a creative element involved in the design of food products, and an understanding of the qualities and needs or markets should be developed and refined from clear and concise early proposals. You should also develop the ability to draw and develop your designs using diagrams, plans and prototypes.

Graphic Design

uses modelling foam, plastics, paper, card & similar materials to produce graphic items used to package, promote or decorate products. There is much more of a graphic design element to this option and it is similar to the sort of work done in small design groups and commercial product design studios. It is important to understand how items are designed for manufacture and it is necessary to be able to create ideas and develop the skills necessary to make the items you design. At least two or three pieces of coursework preparation will be done during the two years with one being refined and submitted - although the earlier components will also form a part of your exam practical component

Product Design

uses woods, metals, plastics and composites to explore and refine the designs of products. It might also produce graphic items used to package, promote or decorate products to give a much greater insight into the full scope of the design process involved in the creation of modern manufactured items. In this study option again it is important to understand how items are designed for manufacture and it is necessary to be able to create ideas and develop the skills necessary to make the items you design. At least two or three pieces of coursework preparation will be done during the two years with one being refined and submitted - although the earlier components will also form a part of your exam practical component.

Systems and Control

looks at electronic products and the systems used in them. Normally one large piece of coursework is completed over the two years, worth 60% of the whole GCSE. Students have to research existing products then proceed to design and make their own product, with large scope for creativity and independent work. Called Electronic Products on some courses.

Textiles

uses a variety of compliant materials to produce items and products that might be marketed or used as a part of more complex interior designs. Understanding the properties of textiles and the processes and techniques used in manufacture is important . There can be a significant creative element involved in the design of graphics to use on items to be made and both the design and the product would be expected to be refined from clear and concise early proposals. You should also develop the ability to communicate your designs using diagrams, plans and prototypes.

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