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Cookstown High School, Cookstown


Involves you showing an understanding of: 

Materials: types uses, how to join and finish them. Manufacturing processes in industry, computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing 

Systems and control: electronics, micro electronics, mechanisms and pneumatics.

Product design: market demand, client research, analysis, design, evaluation. 

Product design assignment: design process, sketching and drawing, product analysis and evaluation. This will consist of a design assignment folder set by CCEA.  Consisting of, a maximum of 12 excellent quality. A3 design sheets. 

Design project: pupils will complete a making project set by CCEA. 

GCSE provides a thorough preparation for the study of Technology and Design and related courses at GCE A and AS Level

It allows students to develop transferable skills, which will benefit them in vocational training and employment.

Benefits to pupils:

  • Develop as effective and independent learners;
  • An ability to make decisions, combine skills,
  • Knowledge and understanding to design and make quality products
  • Analyse existing products and develop practical solutions to needs
  • Decision-making skills
  • An understanding that designing and making reflect and influence people
  • Skills of creativity and critical analysis, through making links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design.


Unit 1: Technology and Design Core        20%

Externally assessed written paper examination lasts 1 hour

Unit 3: Product Design            20%

Externally assessed written paper examination lasts 1 hour.

Unit 4: Design Assignment          20%

Controlled assessment 1 CCEA set the design assignment.

Teachers mark the assignment and CCEA moderate it.

Unit 5: Design Project            40%

Controlled assessment 2 CCEA set the project. Students take either:

• Element 1: Systems Design and Manufacturing; or

• Element 2: Product Design and Manufacturing.

Two Units will be completed in year 11 and two in year 12