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’. These core areas 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