AQA – Design through DT

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Below is information with regards to the changes for 2021, please keep checking the AQA site throughout the year, as further changes maybe taking place.

Link to GCSE – AQA DT Page

All the information you need for administration of these courses, including Specifications, Forms and Dates

Information from AQA with regards to 2021 assessment

Who knows what is happening now, please check with your examination board

AQA Currently States – Tuesday 5 Jan 2021

Following the announcement that it won’t be possible for exams to go ahead as normal this summer, the Education Secretary has confirmed that GCSE, AS and A-level exams won’t go ahead   and will be replaced by a form of teacher-assessed grades, with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently.

The full details will need to be decided in consultation with Ofqual, the exam boards and teaching representatives. We know that you’ll want to hear what this means for you, and we promise that we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.

As always, we want to make sure that students who are studying for AQA qualifications will receive grades they deserve. We’ll be working closely with government and regulators to make this happen.

If you have any entries with us for January exams, the Department for Education has said that schools and colleges can continue with these exams where they judge it right to do so.

Last updated This news story was updated 16:10, Wednesday 6 January 2021

GCSE Design and Technology (8552)

All sections of the non-exam assessment (NEA) up to and including ‘Developing design ideas’ will remain the same for 2021.

Changes for 2021

Realising design ideas

  • This section has been reduced from 20 to 10 marks
  • Students will no longer be assessed on the skill of making but will be required to show their ‘intentions of prototypes’ and demonstrate their understanding of the processes involved in making
  • The assessment no longer requires students to make a final prototype – instead, they can show their understanding of the processes involved in making by writing about them. However, making skills are important for progression to future study, and for students understanding, so we’d encourage you to continue to allow students to make wherever possible. This is one way of demonstrating the knowledge tested in the 2021 ‘Realising design ideas’ section and is the best way to inspire and enthuse students in the subject.

Analysing and evaluation

  • This section has been reduced from 20 to 15 marks
  • Analysis and evaluation throughout the design process can take place in relation to prototype ideas and models
  • There’s no expectation to test a final made prototype but students should find ways of testing prototype designs.

NEA will still count as 50% of the overall GCSE qualification.

No planned changes to exam

There are no planned changes to the exam. The same specification content should be covered as always; the exam

Link to AQA page with above information

Link to A-Level – AQA DT Page

All the information you need for administration of these courses, including Specifications, Forms and Dates

Information from AQA with regards to 2021 assessment

Who knows what is happening now, please check with your examination board

AQA Currently States – Tuesday 5 Jan 2021

Following the announcement that it won’t be possible for exams to go ahead as normal this summer, the Education Secretary has confirmed that GCSE, AS and A-level exams won’t go ahead   and will be replaced by a form of teacher-assessed grades, with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently.

The full details will need to be decided in consultation with Ofqual, the exam boards and teaching representatives. We know that you’ll want to hear what this means for you, and we promise that we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.

As always, we want to make sure that students who are studying for AQA qualifications will receive grades they deserve. We’ll be working closely with government and regulators to make this happen.

If you have any entries with us for January exams, the Department for Education has said that schools and colleges can continue with these exams where they judge it right to do so.

Last updated This news story was updated 16:10, Wednesday 6 January 2021

AS and A-level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles (7561, 7562); Product Design (7551, 7552)

All sections of the NEA up to and including ‘Development of design proposal’ will remain the same for 2021.

Changes for 2021

Development of design prototype

  • This section has been reduced from 25 to 15 marks at A-level, and from 20 to 10 marks at AS
  • Students will no longer be assessed on the skill of making but are required to show their ‘intentions of prototypes’ and demonstrate their understanding of the processes involved in making
  • The assessment no longer requires students to make a final prototype – instead, they can show their understanding of the processes involved in making by writing about them. However, making skills are important for progression to future study, and for students understanding, so we’d encourage you to continue to allow students to make wherever possible. This is one way of demonstrating the knowledge tested in the 2021 ‘Development of design prototype’ section and is the best way to inspire and enthuse students in the subject.

Analysing and evaluation

  • This section has been reduced from 20 to 15 marks at A-level and from 16 to 11 marks at AS
  • Analysis and evaluation throughout the design process can take place in relation to prototype ideas and models
  • There’s no expectation to test a final made prototype but students should find ways of testing prototype designs.

NEA will still count as 50% of the overall AS or A-level qualification.

No planned changes to exam

There are no planned changes to the exam. The same specification content should be covered as always; the exam questions and associated mark schemes will look the same as in previous years of this specification.

Link to AQA page with above information

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