Edexcel GCSE Design Technology

The Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in Design and Technology consists of one externally-examined paper and one non-examined assessment component.

Non-examined assessment 50% of the qualification 100 marks Content overview There are four parts to the assessment: 
 
  1. Investigate; This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification 
  2. Design; This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the chosen design 
  3. Make; This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy 
  4. Evaluate; This includes testing and evaluation.

What will I study?

● Students will undertake a project based on a contextual challenge released by us a year before certification. 
● This will be released on 1st June and will be available on the Edexcel website. 
● The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a prototype of a product. 
● Task will be internally assessed and externally moderated. 
● The marks are awarded for each part as follows. 

1 – Investigate (16 marks) 
2 – Design (42 marks)
3 – Make (36 marks)
4 – Evaluate (6 marks)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 50% of the qualification 100 marks


Assessment overview 

The paper consists of two sections. Section A is assessed on the core content and Section B is assessed on the material category students have chosen.


Section A: Core 
This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A. 


Section B: Material categories 
This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in Section B.