Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

GCSE Technology & Design

This specification in GCSE Technology and Design is available for first teaching from September 2009. We will make the first awards for this course in 2011.

Through studying this specification, students have opportunities to:

  • analyse existing products;
  • develop practical solutions to consumer needs, wants and opportunities;
  • design and make quality products and/or systems;
  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies;
  • understand that products have an impact on lifestyle;
  • develop their creativity and critical analysis skills;
  • make links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design;
  • explore how aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making;
  • develop decision-making skills;
  • consider sustainability; and
  • gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.

This specification helps prepare students for the study of technology and design related courses at a more advanced level, for example Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Technology and Design, and BTEC Nationals in Engineering and/or Manufacturing. It also prepares them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.