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Year 11 Design & Technology

GCSE Design and Technology


The Edexcel Design and Technology GCSE will be delivered through three specialist areas. Students will pick one of the specialist areas to study in depth and have opportunities to design and make products in their chosen materials, the specialisms are:

  • Paper and Boards (Graphics)
  • Timber Based Materials (Resistant Materials)
  • Textiles Based Materials (Textiles)

All GCSE students will cover a core technical content where they will learn about, new and emerging technologies, smart materials, sustainability and the environment. All students will learn the about the manufacture, properties and applications of metals and alloys, polymers, textiles, timbers and papers and boards alongside their specialist area.

Specification at a glance


Specification Code: 1DT0






Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)


 (100 marks)

 35 hours approx.





From June of Year 10 until March of Year 11

A single design-and-make project from a set context from the exam board– Internally assessed and Externally moderated

The NEA is split into these four sections:

Investigate (16 marks)

Design (42 marks)

Make (36 marks)

Evaluate (6 marks)

External Examination –

Written Paper

Single Tier


 (100 marks)

1.45 hours


Summer of Year 11

Section A- Core (40 marks)

Section B- Material Category (60 marks)


What did my child study during Year 10?

Design and Technology covers the following core theory concepts in Year 10, Edexcel online Textbook can be accessed (https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home):

1st Term

2nd Term

3rd Term

1.8 Metals (Pg37–39)




1.2 How new & emerging technologies inform design decisions (Pg 11 – 14)

How to critically evalueate new & emerging technologies to inform design decisions

How critical evaluations can be used to infrom design decisions

Ethical perspectives when evaluating new & emerging technologies

Environmental perspectives when evaluating new & emerging technologies

Technical textiles

1.13 Design & Technological practices to inform outcomes (Pg55-58)

A wide range of materials, components & manufacturing to inform outcomes


1.9 Paper & boards (Pg40-42)

Paper & boards



1.3 Energy Generation (Pg15-18)

Sources, generation & storage of energy

Powering systems

Factors to consider when choosing energy sources

1.14  Environmental, social & economic challenges when identifying opportunities and constraints that influence designing (Pg58-61)

Respect for different social, ethnic & economic issues

appreciation of the environment

"green design"

Recycling & reusing materials or products

Human capability

Life cycle analysis (LCA)

1.10 Polymers (Pg43-46)




1.4  Developments in modern & smart materials, composite materials and technical textiles (P19-24)

Modern & smart materials


Technical textiles

1.15 Investigate and analyse the work of past and present professionals (Pg62-65)

Analysing a product to specification

Past and present designers

1.11 Textiles (Pg47-51)







1.5  Mechanical devices (Pg25-32)

types of movement

classification of levers




pulleys and belts

cranks & sliders

gear types

1.16 Design strategies to generate ideas (Pg66-68)

Covered through NEA



1.12 Timbers (Pg52-54)





1.6  Electronic systems (Pg33-34)


control devices


1.17 Develop, communicate, record & justify design ideas (Pg68-77)

communication techniques to present design ideas

Record & justify design ideas using written techniques

1.1 Impact of new and emerging technologies (Pg3-10)








Production techniques & Systems

1.7  Programmable components (Pg35-36)


how to switch outputs on/off

analogue inputs

simple routines with delays, loops, counts


What will my child study during Year 11?

The focus for Year 11 is the NEA (Non Exam Assessment). Students will undertake a project as part of their non-examination assessment. The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a prototype of a product that will allow them to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout their study. Students are required to analyse a given contextual challenge from a range of three on an individual basis. New contextual challenges are released by the exam board every June. Having selected a contextual challenge to work within, students should develop a range of potential ideas and then realise one through practical making activities. The project must allow students to apply knowledge and understanding in a product development process to investigate, design, make and evaluate their prototype.

1st Term

2nd Term

3rd Term


Complete AO1- Investigate section of the NEA project (worth 16 marks)


Complete AO2- Design section of the NEA project (worth 42 marks)


Complete AO3- Making section of the NEA project (worth 36 marks)


Complete AO4- Evaluation section of the NEA project (worth 6 marks)




Revision and preparation for the final written exam.


Core theory content worth 40 marks


Specialist theory content worth 60 marks

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in D&T in Year 11?

Students will undertake a project based on a contextual challenge released by the exam board on the 1st June each year.  This non-examined assessment will be carried out under controlled conditions and is worth 100 marks.  Teachers can provide broad parameters for students’ to work with; however they cannot give detailed feedback to individual students about how to improve work to meet the assessment criteria, or mark work provisionally and share that mark so that students may then improve it. Students, whose progress is below expectation, will be requested to attend after school catch-up sessions and parents will be made aware through a phone call or email home. 

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 11 in D&T?

Students will be set fortnightly homework that they will be expected to spend around 1 hour completing. The homework will be a variety of tasks such as:

  • Preparation for NEA tasks or further research and note-making
  • Completion of past GCSE questions
  • Revision for tests
  • Online revision/quizzes using sites such as BBC bitesize/Kahoot/GCSEPod/Seneca Learning

Students will be expected to regularly access the online textbook via https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home

Their username is the same as their username in school and the password is Textbook21.

How can I support my child to do well in D&T during Year 11?

  • Ensure they complete their homework properly and in detail
  • Discuss their NEA project work with them and how it is going. Encourage them to share some of their ideas for their project with you.
  • Support them by ensuring they have somewhere suitable to work, away from distractions but with online access to the textbook etc.
  • Buy a revision guide (order forms available to download via this website)
  • Support them to revise and prepare properly for each test
  • Encourage them to attend after school catch-up sessions if they fall behind with their NEA work

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • Students can access the digital textbooks to help with revision.
  • After school catch-up sessions will be available to all students, those that are behind will be required to attend some sessions.
  • Revision books can be purchased to assist with understanding.
  • Students should be encouraged to seek assistance from their teacher when they are struggling with any concept.
  • Students have access to a range of online Learning platforms that have a range of resources to help boost understanding.

Last Updated September 2022