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We are pleased to announce that our new GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology qualification is accredited for first teaching in 2017.
With an emphasis on authentic practice, our GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology develops thinking skills leading towards invention and design innovation, to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, preparing learners to become critical and creative designers, engineers and consumers of the future.
Inspiring a love of design and technology – Drawing on authentic design practice and contemporary technologies students will be able to engage in a variety of contexts to understand and appreciate the design and manufacture of existing products, making them more empathetic designers and more discriminating purchasers.
A focus on iterative designing – Students will learn to deliver their thinking and design skills through iterative design processes that allow them to ‘explore, create and evaluate’ following practices and strategies used by the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries.
A more open approach – The non-examined assessment at GCSE is not restricted by materials or processes, allowing students’ the freedom to utilise any resources and facilities appropriate to their design developments and available to them.
Relevant and contemporary – In creating this modern new specification, we’ve liaised with teachers, higher education, subject associations, industry professionals and consultants to ensure the qualification is relevant and can evolve as design and technology evolves.
Support and guidance – You’ll find a growth of high-quality free resources and support on our website, developed by our Design and Technology Subject Specialists in close consultation with teachers and other subject experts.
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Accredited specification for the new GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology qualification.
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Aimed at students and parents, this factsheet outlines some of the key benefits of studying OCR's Design and Technology qualification.