Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology (9-1) from 2017

Building innovative design skills 

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE Design and Technology from 2017 (first assessment 2019), including our accredited Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology specification and sample assessment materials.

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The contextual challenges provided in our qualification, such as extending human capacity, will give students the freedom to take design risks and to innovate in a situation where it is safe to test and refine ideas.

We’ve listened to your feedback and developed a new specification that provides clear routes for specialism in the material areas your students enjoy, and where you already have the resources and equipment in place.

Our exam paper will assess the breadth of design and technology knowledge in the Core section, and assess the depth of knowledge in the chosen material area for the Specialist section to enable students to fully demonstrate their own particular strengths or specialism.

We’ve designed the GCSE and AS/A level qualifications together to ensure clear progression of knowledge, understanding and design/making skills so that students will have a coherent experience of moving from the breadth of the GCSE to the specialisation depth of A level.

To help you plan for 2017 with confidence, we’ll be running a range of free events to support you with the new qualification and the new requirements. We’ll also give you practical free resources to minimise your lesson planning and allow more productive time in the classroom with your students.



Edexcel GCSE Business 2012 draft specification
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Design and Technology
Specification codes:
UK and international
First teaching:
First assessment:
What's changing

GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology 2017: What's changing

Our approach

We’re working with the teaching community, higher education and subject associations to design our new qualifications for 2017. Our ambition is to develop a design and technology qualification that you will know and recognise, but updated in line with the new subject content changes and in response to your feedback. 

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

  • The different titles available in the previous Design and Technology qualifications (Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Textiles Technology, Systems and Control) have been removed, combining all material areas into a single Design and Technology qualification.
  • NEA is now only 50%, down from 60%.

  • Maths skills must be explicitly mapped, and must be 15% of the total qualification. Since maths cannot be assessed in the NEA this will mean that the exam(s) will need to include all maths content.
  • There are now 4 AOs (previously 2) to allow for a bigger focus on analysis and evaluation.

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Get the latest information on our new design and technology qualification, including details of launch events.

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Free events

Free Getting Ready To Teach events

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Our free Getting Ready to Teach events will support you in delivering the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology specification, for first teaching from September 2017.

Book your free Getting Ready to Teach place

If you don’t have an Edexcel Online account, you can book by emailing us at trainingbookings@pearson.com


Download the presentation

Can't get to one of our launch events? View the presentation here. 

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This presentation was last updated on 9th November 2016. You can download the slides or listen to the presentation below.

GCSE (9-1) Design & Technology Launch Event presentation

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