Design Technology Revision and Preparation

Revision Websites


Knowledge Organisers

How to revise in GCSE D&T






  • Mini quizzing using knowledge organiser. 

  • Kerboodle quizzes

  • You tube videos

  • Use my past papers app

  • Add to FLASH CARDS

  • HIGHLIGHT information from class book

  • Answer a question from PREVIOUS EXAM PAPER.

  • Watch a video on youtube or listen to a podcast (ensure they are relevant)

  • Pair up with someone and discuss a exam question, 

  • Create a MIND MAP from a textbook, use colour pens and highlight to bring out key information. Use pictures where possible.

  • Write key facts or notes on flashcards or post it notes and stick around the house

  • Record yourself speaking your notes and listen back

  • Use resources from GOOGLE CLASSROOM to review activities in class.


  • Recopy notes in different colours


AQA Design and Technology

  • Written exam: 2 hours

  • 100 marks

  • 50% of GCSE


Subject Content

  • Core technical principles (20 marks)

    • A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

    • Including:

      • new and emerging technologies

      • energy generation and storage

      • developments in new materials

      • systems approach to designing

      • mechanical devices

      • materials and their working properties.

  • Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

    • Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

    • In addition to the core technical principles, all students should develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the following specialist technical principles:

      • selection of materials or components

      • forces and stresses

      • ecological and social footprint

      • sources and origins

      • using and working with materials

      • stock forms, types and sizes

      • scales of production

      • specialist techniques and processes

      • surface treatments and finishes

    • Each specialist technical principle should be delivered through at least one material category or system. The categories through which the principles can be delivered are:

      • papers and boards

      • timber based materials

      • metal based materials

      • polymers

      • textile based materials

      • electronic and mechanical systems.

  • Designing and making principles (50 marks)

    • A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

    • Students should know and understand that all design and technology activities take place within a wide range of contexts. They should also understand how the prototypes they develop must satisfy wants or needs and be fit for their intended use. For example, the home, school, work or leisure. 

    • They will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in relation to the following areas:

      • investigation, primary and secondary data

      • environmental, social and economic challenge

      • the work of others

      • design strategies

      • communication of design ideas

      • prototype development

      • selection of materials and components

      • tolerances

      • material management

      • specialist tools and equipment

      • specialist techniques and processes.

    • When looking at the work of others students should know a minimum of two of the following designers, (you can see examples of some of their work along the ground floor N corridor, outside N003 and N005:

      • Alexander McQueen

      • Aldo Rossi

      • Aljoud Lootah

      • Charles Rennie Macintosh

      • Coco Chanel

      • David Adjaye

      • Elsie Owusu

      • Ettore Sottsass

      • Gerrit Reitveld

      • Harry Beck

      • Joe Casely-Hayford

      • Karim Rashid

      • Kusheda Mensah

      • Louis Comfort Tiffany

      • Marcel Breuer

      • Mary Quant

      • Morag Myerscough

      • Norman Foster

      • Philippe Starck

      • Pierre Davis

      • Raymond Templier

      • Rei Kawakubo

      • Sir Alec Issigonis

      • The Singh Twins

      • Vivienne Westwood

      • William Morris

      • Yinka Ilori

      • Zaha Hadid

    • Students should investigate the work of a minimum of two of the following companies:

      • Alessi

      • Apple

      • Braun

      • Dyson

      • Gap

      • Primark

      • Under Armour

      • Zara.