AQA GCSE Electronic Products

Contact: Mr C Dunford - STEM Faculty

Course Details:

This GCSE course encourages students to be able to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package the electronic circuit. The packaging of the electronic circuits can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials. This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make quality electronic products with originality and flair.


Single 2 hour written paper worth 40% of the overall marks.

An externally marked 45 hour Controlled Assessment is worth 60%. It is an, exam board set design and make activity requiring a supporting design portfolio.

Skills Developed:

Students will study how circuits work and how to build up complex systems out of easier to understand smaller circuits through practical activities. Students will study how Integrated circuits can be programmed to perform different tasks. They will learn how to build electronic products right from simple computer designed circuits through to making and soldering printed circuit boards of their own design.

Beyond Year 11:

GCSE Electronic Products is a brilliant foundation to study A-Level Product Design or

Edexcel BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering

Contact: Mr D Hayden - STEM Faculty

Course Details:

The Edexcel Level 2 BTEC Firsts in Engineering have been designed to

  • Inspire and enthuse students about engineering
  • Give students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of and skills in, the engineering sector
  • Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational course such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Engineering or as GCE AS or A Levels in Engineering or Design and Technology – Product Design
  • Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of engineering posts.


You can achieve a double award ranging from Pass to Distinction (GCSE grade C), Merit (B) or Distinction (A).

There are two exam based units, one online and one paper based exam.

The remainder of the assessment is through folders of evidence based on design, evaluation and manufacturing.

Skills Developed:

Students will work through a series of units working on mini projects, some design based, some skill based.

There are four compulsory units;

  • The Engineered world (externally Assessed Exam)
  • Investigating an engineered product
  • Mathematics for Engineering
  • Interpreting and Using Engineering information (externally assessed exam)

Students will also study the following optional units;

  • Computer Aided Engineering ( Using 3d printing, 3 axis milling and laser cutting)
  • Engineering Design (Based on the development of the Carisbrooke Greenpower Car)
  • Engineering Maintenance (Based on the development of the Carisbrooke Greenpower Car)

Beyond Year 11:

The Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Certificate in Engineering helps students to progress to A Level Product Design or a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

AQA GCSE Food Technology

Contact: Mrs R Havard

Course Details:

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to gain an understanding of the functional and nutritional properties of food as well as the processes involved in producing and packaging quality food products. Food Technology helps students develop their creativity, with the practical experience of making food products a vital feature of this course. The two units require students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.


Unit 1 – Written Paper (45451)

  • 2 hours 120 marks - 40%
  • Candidates answer all questions in two sections
  • Pre-release material issued

Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice (45452)

  • Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60%
  • Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks.

Skills Developed:

Candidates are taught designing and making skills including the following:

  • design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers
  • understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose
  • understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society
  • analyse and evaluate existing products, including those from professional designers
  • select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products
  • work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials/ingredients and components
  • ensure, through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users and devise modifications where necessary that would improve the outcome

Beyond Year 11:

GCSE Food technology allows students to progress onto Level 3 BTEC Hospitality and catering or A Level Food Technology.

AQA GCSE Resistant Materials

Contact: Mrs D Hayden – STEM Faculty

Course Details:

This course allows students to specialise in designing and making activities delivered through the medium of wood, metal and plastic to create products. The work produced will include using hand and machine tools, 2D and 3D drawing techniques


Unit A561: Introduction to designing and making. 30% of the total GCSE marks. Controlled assessment – 20 hours

Unit A563: Making quality products 30% of the total GCSE marks. Controlled assessment – 20 hours

Unit A565: Sustainability and technical aspects of designing and making 40% of the total GCSE marks. 1 hour 30 mins written paper

Skills Developed:

GCSE in Design and Technology teaches students to:

  • make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
  • explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
  • analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
  • develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
  • develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through practical workshop sessions.

Beyond Year 11:

GCSE resistant materials enables students to progress to A Level Product Design or a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

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