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 Design and Technology (2017).

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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 Design and Technology (2017) examinations for 2021

Ofqual has confirmed that the changes for the 2021 series will be accepting mockups and/or clear/detailed intentions of prototypes, and permitting demonstration of using machinery/tools/processes.

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 designed to exemplify proof of concept models instead of high quality final prototypes as a made outcome, explain updates to marking component 2 accounting for the removal of marking grid 10, exemplifying methods that students can use to demonstrate machinery/tools/equipment use through written, photographic and video evidence, and guidance on how best to conduct testing and evaluation on proof of concept models. This will include:

  • Social distance guidance for practical workspaces
  • FAQs relating to changes for assessment and evidence
  • Exemplar work of a range of made proof of concept outcomes
  • A range of exemplars for capturing evidence relating to tools and equipment
  • A range of exampler approaches for conducting valid testing and evaluation

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