Design and Technology: Short Course (4575)

This is our current GCSE specification.
For our new specification see:

GCSE Design and Technology (8552)

We are not planning to develop a new GCSE Design and Technology: Short Course qualification under government changes to GCSEs.

The last exams for students taking the current qualification will be in the June 2018 series and there will be no further re-sit opportunity.

As an alternative, you may like to consider our new GCSE in Design and Technology which we are planning to develop for first teaching in September 2017.

This non-material specific Design and Technology specification is an amalgamation of our five current subject specific short course options into a single short course specification, developed in response to feedback from teachers. The GCSE Design and Technology (Short Course) is far removed from previous Design and Technology short courses as it is a process-based specification, which allows candidates in the traditional Design and Technology areas to make small quality products.

Students build on the KS3 Design and Technology strategy and develop their knowledge and experience of materials and ingredients in order to design and make small scale products or prototypes.

It allows students to take a generic examination paper which addresses the 'across the board' approach of Design and Technology. Students can complete a design and make project which is equivalent to half the amount of work required for the full course and can be produced using any material or ingredient or combination.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs. Short courses are no longer included in performance table headline measures.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Design and Technology: Short Course
Specification code 4575
Certification code 4576
QAN codes 50046044

Updates to Design and Technology: Short Course (4575)

When there are changes to the specification, updates appear here.

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