AS and A level Design and Technology consultations now open

21 July 2015

AS and A level Design and Technology qualifications will be redeveloped for first teaching from September 2017. The consultations on subject criteria and assessment objectives are now open.

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The consultations propose that:

  • students will still able to specialise through one of three endorsed routes: 
    • engineering
    • product design
    • fashion design and development.

  • students will be required to develop a core breadth of knowledge of:
    • materials
    • techniques
    • equipment
    • processes.
  • there will be a focus on students being able to:
    • identify market needs for new products
    • initiate and develop design solutions.

  • there is a stronger focus on how students communicate their design ideas, using sketching and computer-aided design

  • Food Technology has been removed as an endorsed route within Design and Technology, and DFE has decided not to develop a separate Food A level, as has been done at GCSE.

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The DfE is consulting on the subject content, and Ofqual is consulting on the amount of non-examined assessment and the assessment objectives.

You can find details of the consultations, including the content and assessment for AS and A level Design and Technology, as well as how you can respond, on the DfE and Ofqual websites:

DfE consultation on subject content

Ofqual consultation on assessment arrangements

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