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Electronic Configuration Gcse Science Coursework



TITLE: Edexcel Design Technology: Electronic Systems

CODE: 603/0698/1


You will study a broad course of Design & Technology which builds on the core of what you have been taught across Key Stage 3 and you will choose to look at the Electronic Systems in more detail as an Electronics specialist. The course will teach you about the electronics you need to make a high level product for your GCSE coursework (Non Examined Assessment) through practical, project work and theory lessons which will underpin your understanding. 

Design & Technology isn’t JUST one subject, it’s a fusion of lots of subjects. It doesn’t just cover Electronics, Product Design and Textiles, it includes Maths and Science. It teaches you to use D&T with Maths and Science to produce a high quality outcome, just like you have done in Key Stage 3. You’ll get to work in a multiple of Design & Technology subjects and use them together to produce something GREAT!

Year 10 is used to build on what we learn at Key Stage 3 and learn new content through some high level A grade style projects which will stretch and challenge you to produce something amazing! It will give you a strong basis of knowledge as well as making skills and folder work, which can then be applied to Controlled Assessment (coursework) which we start at the end of Year 10 and counts for 50% of your final grade. Electronic theory is taught through Circuit Wizard, and we use Autodesk to model our casing which are both available to take home for free.

Coursework (NEA) starts at the end of Year 10 and worked on in Year 11. You will have to produce a portfolio which demonstrates your ability to research, design, develop, make and evaluate your chosen product from a list of themes set by the exam board. Pupils studying Design Technology will need to provide components and materials for coursework or contribute towards the cost of components for practical work as you will keep whatever you make.

Assessment Structure:

  • Controlled Assessment - 50% Pupils complete an extended Design and Make project
  • Written Paper - 50% (1hr 45min paper)

Other Information:

Big Bang Fair in March of Year 10

* Students may only opt for one of  DT:Electronics, DT: Product Design, DT: Textiles.

Routes for Progression:

Studying Design & Technology shows an employer that pupils are able to use a wide range of academic and practical skills and can apply their knowledge to solve problems.

You can go on to study A Level Design Engineering, Product Design following GCSE Design Technology. This can lead to university courses, college courses or employment in Engineering.

The Atom Detectives


This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, could be used when teaching about atomic structure and the Periodic Table. It explores how the model of the atom developed over time, including information about the work of some of the chemists involved in developing the model of the atom. It could be used to support students in applying todays accepted model of the atom and enables them to draw diagrams representing the atoms of the first forty elements of the Periodic Table.

The resource looks at how the model of the atom has developed over the last two hundred years. It explores how scientists work together to develop new ideas and how new theories may, at first, give rise to controversy. It shows how technological advances can lead to the development of new theories and ideas.

It is a very detailed resource for GCSE and might be used selectively or as a reference for an extended project on the history of atomic theory.

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