Design and Technology GCSE
WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCE and GCSE Design and Technology qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.
A GCSE course in Design and Technology offers an opportunity for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. As a fundamental part of their course, candidates should design and make products. Design and Technology develops candidates' interdisciplinary skills, all six of the key skills, and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.
For centres in Wales: Draft WJEC GCSE Design and Technology (for teaching from 2017)
WJEC is developing a reformed GCSE Design and Technology qualification, regulated by Qualifications Wales, for teaching from 2017. This qualification is designed to meet regulatory requirements in Wales: it is not available to centres in England.
For centres in England: Draft WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology (for teaching from 2017)
Through our Eduqas brand, WJEC is developing a reformed GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology qualification, regulated by Ofqual, for teaching from 2017. This qualification is designed to meet regulatory requirements in England. The draft specification can be found on the Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology page.
Continuing Professional Development
We are holding a series of CPD courses in spring 2017 to support teachers preparing to deliver GCSE Design and Technology (from 2017). Book your place by clicking the course link below:
The online exam review materials for Summer 2015 are now available on the WJEC Online Exam Review website.
Qualification End Dates
GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology will be awarded for the last time in Summer 2017.
GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products will be awarded for the last time in Summer 2018.
GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials will be awarded for the last time in Summer 2018.
GCSE Design and Technology: Systems and Control will be awarded for the last time in Summer 2018.
GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles Technology will be awarded for the last time in Summer 2018.
GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design will be awarded for the last time in Summer 2018.
The controlled assessment briefs for 2015/2016 are now available.
Free interactive resources that follow the new GCSE Specifications in Design and Technology.
Unitised Specifications - GCSE
Video explaining entry and re-sit rules for GCSE unitised specifications:
Unitised Specifications - GCSE video
Uniform Marks (UMS)
Information on how raw marks are converted to uniform marks may be found in the following document - Uniform Marks.
- Teachers' Guide Food Technology
- Teachers' Guide Graphic Products
- Teachers' Guide Resistant Materials
- Teachers' Guide Systems and Control
- Teachers' Guide Textiles Technology
- Teachers' Guide Product Design
- CAT Workbook/CAT Briefs/CAT Marksheets
For further information, please contact:
Steve Howells - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5017
Rhodri Jenkins - Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5118
GCSE Design and Technology Examiners' Report Summer 2014Download
Principal Examiners' Report
The Summer 2014 Principal Examiners' Report, providing feedback on the Summer 2014 series of examinations, is now available. Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.