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Exam BoardEduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
AQA GCSE Design Technology
BTEC First Award Construction and the Built Environment
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GCSE Design and Technology

GCSE Design and Technology


Exam Board:  AQA


About the course

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.  Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.  Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

The GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.  They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Pupils will begin the course by taking a number of projects which will prepare them for their Non Examined Assessment which they will begin in June of Year 10.

Pupils can choose to follow one of the Design and Technology disciplines, that are studied at Key Stage 3:

  • 3D Design.
  • Resistant Materials.


The assessment consists of one tier: 9-1.

The assessment weighting:

  • External examination 50%.
  • Non Examined Assessment, Design Portfolio and Manufactured Product 50%.

Progression routes  for GCSE Design and Technology

  • A Level course in Design and Technology, Product Design, Design Technology, Fashion and Textiles.
  • Level 2 and 3 courses in Graphic Design, Games Design.
  • Careers in Games Design, Education, Software Development and Testing, Web Designer, 3D Modeller, Film Animator, Film Editor, Graphic Design, Story Boarder, TV Design, Architecture, Conceptual Design, Interior Design, Creative Arts, Packaging Design, Advertising, Media, Photography.

Food, Preparation and Nutrition

Exam Board:   Eduqas

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

This course investigates “Healthy Eating”, and pupils will learn about the nutrients which are required by individuals at different life stages and how they can be obtained from food.  The practical sessions encourage them to develop a range of skills and the ability to design and produce interesting dishes.


Theory Exam  – 50 %

NEA – 50%, comprising of:

Assessment 1: The ‘Food Investigation’ Assessment, 15% of the total qualification. A Food Investigation task will be set that will require each learner to research and investigate from a given brief.

Assessment 2:The ‘Food Preparation’ Assessment, 35% of the total qualification. This assessment            assesses the application of knowledge and understanding in relation to selecting dishes and identifying, cooking skills/techniques and the execution of practical skills.

This assessment will require learners to:

Plan, prepare, cook and present a selection of dishes, to meet particular requirements such as a dietary need, lifestyle choice or specific context.


Progression routes for Food and Catering

  • A Level courses I Food, Nutrition and Health and Design Technology.
  • Level 2/3 courses in Professional Cookery, Beverage Service, Hospitality and Leadership, Service and Retail.
  • Apprenticeships in Professional Cookery, Hospital Catering.
  • Careers in Catering, Hospitality, Nutritionist, Home Economics, Food Industry, Dietician, Baker, Butcher, Concierge, Confectioner, Kitchen Supervisor, Patisserie Chef, Restaurant Manager.

Please be aware: This subject will require ingredients to be purchased by parents on a weekly basis, as this contributes towards the assessment.

Construction and the Built Environment

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award

Exam Board:  Pearson

About the course

This course allows you to study construction and the built environment, giving you the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the industry.

You will develop skills such as interpreting and analysing information, identifying the infrastructure required for safe and efficient work and in understanding how client needs can shape building design.

You will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Developing skills in plumbing, painting and joinery.

It gives you the opportunity to learn about one of the most important sectors of the UK economy.

You will study three mandatory units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required construction technology and design:

  • construction technology
  • construction and design
  • scientific and mathematical application for construction.

The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace.

Throughout the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment, learners will develop a range of employability skills, engage with employers and carry out work-related activities.


This includes one externally assessed unit. This will help you as you progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications, by providing independent assessment evidence of learning alongside your portfolio-based assessment.

The remaining units are internally assessed.

Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including written work, practical performance and verbal presentations.

Progression routes for Level 2 Construction and the Built Environment

  • Level 3 course in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Level 3 course in Engineering
  • Careers in carpentry, joinery, bricklaying, painting, plumbing, electrical principles.

Post 16 Subject specific entry requirements to study construction related subjects.

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