GCSE Design and Technology

Design Technology GCSE, (Product Design) Pearson/ Edexcel 1DT0

Mark breakdown:

50% Exam (Core + chosen area)

50% Controlled Assessment


All will share a common ‘core’ that will be the same for all. These core area will be tested in a written paper at the end of the course.

The core theory includes:

  • The impact of new technologies,
  • Enterprise,
  • Production,
  • Sustainability,
  • Smart materials,
  • Mechanical devices,
  • Efficiency,
  • Electronic systems,
  • Woods,
  • Metals and materials,
  • Challenges that influence designs
  • Famous designers
  • Designs, isometric drawing, perspective etc
  • Maths—calculating areas, forces and measurements


Alongside core you choose an area of specialism – There will be a written paper to test your specific knowledge of your chosen area.


Controlled Assessment:

All students will produce a design portfolio and a prototype.

The briefs are externally set, but offer a wide range of starting points for students to research and develop.

The project will follow a iterative design process of:

  • Investigate
  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate