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Design and Technology (WJEC – EDUQAS)

The WJEC GCE in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. This subject encourages learners to use creativity and imagination when applying interactive design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

Students will be able to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes. Students will acquire subject knowledge in design and technology, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture. The course also involves consideration of small and large commercial / manufacturing contexts and gain an insight into design and technology activity in the creative industries.

Learners study the following areas of content:

  • Core technical principles
  • In-depth technical principles. Students follow one endorsed route through this specification, either:
    • engineering design;
    • fashion and textiles
    • product design.
  • Core design and making principles

Assessment:
Unit 1: Written paper 1 Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 80 marks
Unit 2: Design and make task Non-exam assessment: approximately 40 hours 20% of qualification 80 marks
Unit 3: Written paper 2 Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 30% of qualification
Unit 4: Design and make project Non-exam assessment: approximately 60 hours 30% of qualification

Minimum Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including 4 in GCSE Design and Technology or equivalent BTEC Level 2 Qualification

Updated January 2019