Summer 2021 exam support

In August 2020 Ofqual confirmed there will be changes to the 2021 examination series due to the impact coronavirus has had on students’ education. Here you’ll find the information you need to help you understand the changes to A level Art and Design (2015).

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Links to content support are listed below and we will let you know when further information is added as it becomes available.

Please note that the changes outlined are correct at time of publication and apply to the 2021 exam series only. For students due to be examined in 2022 these changes do not apply.

Changes to Pearson Edexcel A Level Art and Design (2015) examinations for 2021

Ofqual has confirmed that the changes for the 2021 series will be removal of the component 2 externally set assignment from the series, increasing the weighting of component 1 to 100% of the qualification, and moderation of student work for component 1 to be conducted through digital portfolios.

Details of what this means for our specifications and assessments can be found in

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We will also be providing you and your students with materials specifically tailored to help you prepare for the digital portfolios for the summer 2021 exam series. This will include:

  • Pre-recorded event explaining changes to assessment, portfolio creation and submission
  • Live Q&A events focused on assessment and submission of component 1
  • Instructions on how to use our digital submission platform
  • Guidance on how best to create digital portfolios across all titles

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