June 2024 Design and Technology update | Pearson qualifications

June 2024 Design and Technology update

Fri Jun 14 09:56:00 UTC 2024

Here is your June 2024 update for GCSE and A level Design and Technology.

I hope that the summer exam season is going well for you and your students at your centre. A level D&T exam has concluded and GCSE D&T exam is scheduled for 18 June! Good luck to your students. 

This months update highlights the latest for you and includes the contextual challenges for GCSE D&T. 

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1 June - Contextual challenge release

As per the GCSE D&T NEA timeline, on 1 June 2024 contextual challenges for Summer 2025 series were published. You can access this and a support material to help your students unpack the contextual challenges from the link below. 

Access the contextual challenges and support

Summer exam

Qualification and component Date and time
GCSE   Design and Technology - Component 1 (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F) 18 June, am

Materials to support revision

Summer 2024 exam materials release date

Following on from the summer 2024 exams, question papers, mark schemes and examiner reports will be released on the following dates under silver padlock. 

Date Activity
2 July Question papers released (uploaded)
16 July Mark schemes released (uploaded)
20 August Examiners' reports for A level 
27 August Examiners' reports for GCSE

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Exam Wizard

An online resource containing a huge bank of past paper questions and support materials to help you create your own mock exams and tests as full papers or based on specification topics. Available for a range of GCSE and A level Design and Technology, including all past papers, SAM and AdSAM.

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Summer 2024 support for students

Help your students feel as prepared as possible for the upcoming exam season. 

In addition to all the support you provide, both Ofqual, JCQ and Pearson have a range of information to help inform and guide your students during this busy time. Please take a look at the information we’ve summarised below and pass it on to your students.

Support from Ofqual
The Ofqual Student Guide 2024 provides students with information about this year’s arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications, and explains what support is in place when taking exams and assessments.

Read the Ofqual Student Guide 2024

Support from JCQ
The JCQ has a range of information and support for students – from coursework and onscreen exams to written exams, along with a checklist for exam day. 

Take a look at all the support JCQ have to offer for students

Support from Pearson 
As the revision season is now fully under way and students begin to turn their focus towards the summer exam series, we’d like to share our Getting ready for exams guide that includes some top tips and advice including:

  • preparing for exams
  • what happens on exam day
  • where to find further support
  • what happens once exams are over

Take a look at the guide and please pass it on to your student

You can stay up to date with all our support for 2024 on our Qualifications

Assessment support page

According to data published by Ofqual, possession of a mobile phone accounted for 44.5% of all cases of student malpractice - 2,180 cases - in the summer 2023 series. This was an increase on the 1,825 cases seen in the summer 2022 series.

The JCQ awarding bodies have set out the agreed sanctions for the different types of candidate malpractice, including for possession of a mobile phone. These can be found in Appendix 6 of the JCQ Suspected Malpractice Policies and Procedures.

You can see that the sanctions for possession of a mobile phone are severe, because we need to maintain the security and integrity of our exams:

  • mobile phone in the candidate’s possession but no evidence of being used by the candidate – loss of marks
  •  mobile phone in the candidate’s possession and evidence of being used by the candidate – disqualification

We really want to see a reduction in this form of malpractice, which has such a significant impact on so many candidates. Please ensure that you’ve taken the following steps to help your learners avoid committing malpractice:

  • clear communication to learners and their parents about items prohibited in exams, including mobile phones
  • clear publication and display of the JCQ exam room posters - sharing the JCQ Preparing to sit your exams infographic with learners and their parents
  •  having a member of your centre’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) deliver a pre-exam series assembly, to clearly explain the expectations of learners and the exam rules
  • ensuring you have in place, and learners know about, a process for the safe collection and storage of their mobile phones during exams


We are currently working on our training offer for the new academic year to support you in your delivery and assessment and we will inform centres once these are available. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the course or you have new members of staff joining your department, you can access the New to Edexcel recorded training and also past training materials. See inks below

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