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Design & Technology at Elizabeth Woodville School

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The specifications followed in the school meet the National Curriculum Order 1999 for Design and Technology and the GCSE Subject Criteria for Design and Technology. They provide opportunities for students to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design and Technology in the rapidly changing society of today. It enables students to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding within an overall design and make-based approach. Scheme of Assessment – Common to all Courses. Specification Content – Common to all Courses. DESIGNING AND MAKING Developing and Writing a Design Brief  Drawing up a Specification Components  Generating Design Proposals  Product Planning  Product Development Tools and Equipment  Processes ICT Applications Industrial Applications Good Working Practice Product EvaluationKNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING  Materials and Pre-manufactured Standard Components Systems and Control Products and Applications Quality Health and Safety 


The assessment of candidates includes both practical capability in Design and Technology applied to designing and making a product (namely coursework), and the knowledge and understanding which underpins this capability (namely terminal examination).  The system of assessment for each of the GCSEs is based on clear targets and a set of criteria, where positive achievement is rewarded across grades G - A*. Candidates are entered for either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. The grade boundaries for the tiers are as follows:- Foundation Tier G – C Higher Tier D – A* The method of assessment is in the form of one piece of coursework and two terminal examinations. The weighting of the coursework is 60% of the final GCSE grade and will be worked over a total of 40-50 hours within school as well as home study. Candidates will be expected to design and make a quality product , related to industrial/commercial practices and the appropriate application of systems and control. The two terminal examinations account for 20% each of the candidate’s grade - 40% in total. The second paper includes a product analysis question set on a different theme each year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elizabeth Woodville School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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