An 11-16 Academy
GCSE AQA Design & Technology (8552)
a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth
Offering Core Theory in:
Paper & boards, textiles, wood & wood based materials, metals, polymers & electronics & mechanical systems.
Offering Specialist Subject knowledge in one of (students choose):
Paper & boards, textiles, wood/wood based materials or metals.
At the end of this linear course, students will:
NOTE: NEA Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA (ie at the end of year 10).
EXAM Questions will be structured as follows:
Section A – Core technical principle
s (20 marks) A mixture of multiple choice & short answer questions assessing a breadth of
technical knowledge & understanding.
Section B – Special
ist technical principles (30 marks) Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) & one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles. Section C – Designing & making principles (50 marks) A mixture of short answer & extended response questions.
GCSE Design & technology is a highly creative subject harnessing problem solving skills & a general can-do attitude. It leads onto a number of valuable paths/professions:
Continue with Technical & Applied (vocational qualifications) such as: Building, Computing/IT, Construction, Design, Engineering, Fashion, Manufacturing, Textiles etc.
Continue with Apprenticeships (earn as you learn) such as: Building, CAD, Construction, Engineering, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic Design, ICT, Manufacturing, planning etc.
Continue with A level D&T – with: Engineering, Fashion & Textiles, Product Design.
Continue after A level Courses with: BA, BEng & BSc degree courses such as: Architecture, Design (including: Digital & Interactive, Fashion & Textiles, Product etc.), Engineering (including Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical etc.) & much more..
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