GCSE Design and Technology subject criteria consultation now open
GCSE Design and Technology qualifications will be redeveloped for first teaching from September 2017. The consultation on the subject criteria and assessment objectives has now opened.
The consultation proposes that the new design and technology GCSE removes the range of titles that are currently offered, each of which is focused on separate material areas (such as resistant materials, textiles or graphics).
In their place is one single title - Design and Technology - in which students will study a broader range of materials through:
- technical knowledge and understanding
- designing and making principles.
Students will produce at least one prototype and at least one product by undertaking an iterative design, and make and evaluate a project based on a brief that they develop in response to a contextual challenge set by awarding organisations.
The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have released the consultation documents on their website for the new subject criteria. The DfE is consulting on the subject content and Ofqual is consulting on the amount of non-examined assessment and the assessment objectives.
You can find details of the consultations by clicking on the links below:
Department for Education consultation on subject content
These pages contain details of the content and assessment for both qualifications, as well as how you can respond to the consultation.