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KS4 Design and Technology

Exam Board: AQA

Personal Learning Checklist (PLC): 

How to make the most of your PLCs - D&T Guidance

PLC 1 - Core Technical Principles

PLC 2 - Specialist Technical Principles

PLC 3 - Designing and Making Principles

Revision Guides and Useful Resources:

CGP revision guide & exam practice workbook (

We recommend that you use the CGP revision guide (available from the school shop for £3.50 or from bookstores such as Amazon for £5.95). The school shop also stocks the exam practice workbook for £3.50 and if bought together we will provide the answer booklet for free. 

GCSE AQA Design and Technology (9-1 Course) ISBN 978-1-78294-752-3  

Focus education (Focus Resources)

This resource has excellent information on Mechanisms, Energy, Materials and Manufacturing with an excellent multiple choice testing section. It is available for free online to students using the link.  

  • Smart, Modern and Composite Materials

  • Focus on Mechanisms

  • Focus on Plastics Manufacturing Processes

  • Energy use and Environment


Technology Student (

This website has a large quantity of information on it. It is best to use if you have a specific area to search for. For example if you needed more information on the advantages of CAD/CAM. Use the links at the top of the page to guide you. There is also a list of short revision videos on the website
BBC Bitesize (
This comprehensive website covers the AQA Design & Technology specification with easy to find and follow learning and revision content, videos and mini tests. Your PLC has also been linked to the relevant content under each topic area.
Knowledge Organisers and Practice Papers
Your teachers will share these with you through your Google Classrooms at relevant times during the year along with focussed revision topic guidance where applicable.