Frequently Asked Questions

If I choose DT at GCSE, will I be doing practical work in every DT lesson?

All of the DT subjects consist of researching, designing, making and evaluating activities so you will not spend all your time on practical skills. In addition to your Controlled Assessment, your teacher will help you to build up a body of subject knowledge and understanding in preparation for the written examination you will sit in Year 11.

I didn’t do very well in DT in Y9, but I want to study DT at GCSE. Will this be a problem?

No, this is not a problem. The GCSE courses are introduced in Year 10 and all pupils will be guided through the syllabus. You will find yourself familiar with the design process that is applied to the designing and making of products and see that it is common to all DT subjects. You can develop your skills through focused lessons in KS4.

What is the difference between GCSE Food and GCSE Catering?

GCSE Food Technology concentrates on the design and development of food products for different users, alongside the manufacturing processes that enable products to be mass produced.
GCSE Catering focuses on the cooking and presentation of food to clients in places such as hotels, cafes, hospitals and conference centres. Emphasis is placed on cooking skills, hygiene and food safety.

How much time do we spend doing practical work?

At Key Stage 3, the majority of the time will be spent completing practical tasks. This will be supplemented by focused theory and design work. In Y10 you will work on several practical projects whilst developing your theory knowledge and designing skills. Y11 students focus on the designing and making of their final project for the majority of the year. All students are required to produce a design folder alongside their practical projects.

How much coursework is there?

At Key Stage 4, 60% of the final GCSE grade will be from controlled assessment which is a combination of theory, design and practical work. At Key Stage 5, 50% of the final A level grade will be from controlled assessment for graphics and 60% for product design.

Do I have to pay to take work home?

Yes. In Food Technology you will buy and bring the ingredients to school and take home what you have made. You are asked for a contribution towards materials for Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphic Communication at the start of each year.
If you choose to do a design technology at Key Stage 4 or 5 you will pay for the materials you use, so how much it costs is up to you.

What subjects should I do at GCSE to be able to do product design A level.

Ideally, Resistant Materials, although students who have done Graphics can also do well.