Electronic Systems

What will I learn?

This is the new qualification that is replacing all previous Design & Technology GCSE options. It focuses on the design process and understanding how to develop products to successful outcomes. It develops pupils’ drawing and design skills, furthers their knowledge of technical products and will be biased towards electronic systems, programmable components & mechanical devices.


How will I be tested?

This qualification consists of two components:

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century Written Examination (2 hours)
A mix of short answers, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of technical principles, designing and making principles and their ability to analyse and evaluate design decisions.

Component 2: Design and Make Task (35 hours)
A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge set by the exam board, assessing candidates’ ability to identify, investigate and outline design possibilities. Simulate, design, develop and make circuit prototypes, analyse and evaluate design decisions and the practical outcome.


How will I be taught?

The subject content is presented under two headings: technical principles & designing, and making principles. Within each area, the content is further divided into core knowledge & understanding, and in-depth knowledge & understanding. In this case we cover the core knowledge content and then specialise in the area of electronic systems, programmable components and mechanical devices.

You will be taught through a series of projects which include elements of practical skills, theoretical knowledge and design skills for working with electronic systems. Homework tasks, videos, practical demonstrations and computer aided design software will be used as key learning tools.



A GCSE in Design & Technology is required for entry into A Level Graphic Design and A Level Product Design at grade 5. Many pupils that have studied a similar route have gone on to careers in Aerospace, Marine & Power Engineering, Architecture, Construction & Product Designing.

Many important life skills such as time management, planning and organisational skills are key to the designing and making process.

As well as a GCSE Level qualification pupils will also leave the course with a portfolio of design evidence and a practical piece of work that can be shown to future employers and educational institutes to help demonstrate pupil’s designing, practical skills and potential for the future.


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