Technology and Design

Head of Dept: Mr M Irwin


Staff in department

Mr R Donnel l, Mr A Dickson and Mr S McMillen

A Level

  • A level exam board: CCEA
Module% of AS or
A2 grade
How is it assessed?Module Title
AS Module 150% of AS
20% of A level
One external written examination consisting of two papers:
Paper 1:
Core area of study
Paper 2: Specialist area of study
Design and Materials

Option: Systems and Control
AS Module 250% of AS
20% of A level
Internal assessment
Students complete one task, producing a practical outcome with a design folder.
Coursework: Product Development
A2 Module 130% of A levelExternal written examination 2 hours
Students answer two questions from either Section A, Section B or Section C.
Systems and Control
A2 Module 230% of A levelInternal assessment Students complete one task,
producing a practical outcome with a design folder.
Coursework: Product–System Design and Manufacture

GCSE

  • GCSE exam board: CCEA
GCSE% of GCSE gradeHow is it assessed?Unit title
Unit 120%Externally assessed written paper
Examination lasts 1 hour
Technology and Design Core
Unit 220%Externally assessed written paper
Examination lasts 1 hour Element 2: Mechanical and Pneumatic Control Systems.
Systems and Control
Mechanical and Pneumatic Control Systems (Students on LGS can choose between Unit 2 or Units 3)
Unit 320%Externally assessed written paper
Examination lasts 1 hour
Product Design
(Students on LGS can choose between Unit 2 or Units 3)
Unit 420%Controlled assessment 1
Design assignment.
Design Assignment
Unit 540%Controlled assessment 2
We set the project. Students take either:
Element 1: Systems Design and Manufacturing; or
Element 2: Product Design and Manufacturing.
Design Project

KS3: Brief topic overview

In years eight to ten we want pupils to design and manufacture high quality technological products which are of interest to them.

Year 8
Personalised Key Fob, Electronic Logo

Year 9
Level Sensor, Pocket Torch, Warning Light

Year 10
CAD/CAM Statue, ipod Speaker, Genie Project