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Design and technology GCSE subject content

McLain, MN and Welsh, R (2016) Design and technology GCSE subject content. Department for Education (DfE), London.

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The GCSE subject content sets out the knowledge, understanding, skills and educational outcomes common to all specifications in design and technology. The GCSE specifications in design and technology should enable students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. They should enable students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes1 (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. GCSE specifications should also provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities. Students should acquire subject knowledge in design and technology that builds on key stage 3, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to design and make, with confidence, prototypes in response to issues, needs, problems and opportunities. Students should learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and well-being of the nation and the global community.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2017 12:14
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 12:20
Editors: Department for Education (DfE), , Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), and McLain, MN
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5431
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