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Summer 2021 support - Design and Technology

8 April 2021

In this subject update, you will be able to access information, documents and support materials for summer 2021 teacher assessed grades, relating to GCSE and A level Design and Technology. 

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Summer 2021 assessment materials 

On the 31 March 2021, we have published the summer 2021 additional assessment materials, which consists of questions, mark schemes and content mapping grids. There is an overview document, which links these materials together. You can access these documents in the course materials section of the qualification pages. See below. 

JCQ guidance

The Joint Council for Qualifications have released comprehensive guidance on the process for deriving grades this summer.

This guidance, along with our support, will be an important document as centres work to determine grades for UK qualifications in summer 2021.

Access and read the guidance document here

Check out the 'ten key areas to note sheet', summarising the key aspects from the JCQ guidance.

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Summer 2021 support materials for D&T - Previous adaptations

Adaptations that were previously put in place for GCSE and A level Design and Technology NEA still applies for this year. With these adaptations, learners can make a proof-of-concept model and demonstrate use of tools, equipment and processes with alternative methods. Ofquals consultation outcome and the JCQ have previously confirmed that NEAs should go ahead as much as possible. Complete and incomplete NEAs will be considered as evidence for teacher assessed grades this summer. More guidance on this will be available soon. 

We have updated the guidance documents, FAQs and exemplars for A level and GCSE D&T. You can access these below. 

Online event: GCSE and A Level D&T 2021 summer update

4 May 2021 -16:00-17:00 BST

In this online update we will:

  • summarise the key outcomes from the summer 2021 consultations - outline the approach for deciding TAGs
  • confirm the timelines and processes for TAG submission - share the support we have available for Summer 2021 assessment
  • give you an opportunity to ask questions

Register here

Pearson Professional Development Academy - Summer 2021 support

In this page, you will find resources and live events to help ensure you can provide the most appropriate and accurate grade for your students.

Access the academy and register for further updates

You can also access the dedicated support page for summer 2021 here


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