D&T Electronics

No of Units: 2Awarding Board: AQACourse Code: 8552

Unit Outline:

GCSE Design & Technology Electronic Products is a practical based subject. Pupils will be able to build upon skills gained at the end of Key Stage 3.
This GCSE will allow candidates to specialise in the focus area of electronic products where they will learn about designing and making quality products using appropriate electronic components; pupils will also learn about construction methods and appropriate materials to case the electronics.


Design and Make project (non-examined assessment) worth 50% of your final mark.

A final exam, testing knowledge and design skills which is worth 50% of the GCSE.

Single tier of entry covering Grades 9-1

Further Information:

GCSE Design and Technology (Electronic focus) helps students 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 circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials. This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to consider sustainability and environmental impact on their designing. It also provides the candidate with the opportunity to design and make an electronic product using new technologies and modern electronic devices.

The following Design & Make projects are made during Year 10:

  • CAD/CAM 3D Printing Project
  • Electronics Practical Skills
  • Programming Microcontrollers

In Year 11 pupils can choose from a range of projects for their final GCSE – these could include an electronic bicycle theft alarm, an electronic school bag alarm, an electronic educational toy or an electronic money box, the choice is yours!

Lessons are balanced between designing and making. Young people studying this subject will develop team skills, persistence, problem solving, communication skills and a variety of ICT skills.


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Possible Career Destinations:

A-Levels, College, Apprenticeships, employment in the building trade. Electrician, Engineer, ICT Programmer, CAD/CAM Designer.

For further information, contact: Miss L. Baron