February 2023 Design and Technology update | Pearson qualifications

February 2023 Design and Technology update

2 February 2023

Welcome to your February update from your Subject Advisor. 

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Update to the GCSE Design and Technology specification from September 2023

A diverse future for GCSE Design and Technology

Following our research into the subject of D&T, we have identified that our GCSE Design and Technology (9-1) course specification lacks a wide and representative list of designers from which students can not only seek inspiration within their chosen subject area, but also seek inspiration from individuals who provide a clear representation of the diverse people who work and influence the design industry here in the UK.

We have therefore updated our short list of 8 designers and design related organisations, to become a list of 41 named designers and organisations. The list, which is linked below, provides choice for every material specialism and has been built to ensure that all parts of the UK are represented, alongside a broader commitment we have made to include designers of more diverse backgrounds. The GCSE specification has been updated so that teachers of D&T can easily engage with our enhanced designer list.

This update is for first teaching September 2023, however students can use these materials in their investigation/research from now.

Access the updated specification, list of designers and accompanying resources 

Entry deadlines for summer 2023 series

Entry deadline for summer 2023 series for both GCSE and A level D&T is 21 February 2023. 

From 22 February 2023, late fees are charged. 

More information on entry dates can be accessed from the information manual`s key date section.

Information manual - key dates

NEA submission deadline and Exam dates 

NEA submission deadline for both GCSE and A level D&T is on 15 May.

A level Design and Technology exam (9DT0) is on 7 June, pm.

GCSE Design and Technology exam (1DT0 - 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F) is on Monday 19 June, AM. 

Exam timetables 

Exam Wizard

Exam wizard is an online resource containing a huge bank of past paper questions and support materials to help you create your own mock exams and tests. Available for a GCSE and A level D&T, examWizard is easy to use, intuitive and saves you valuable time.

Access examWizard and find out more on this page


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