A levels Design and Technology - Product Design (2017)
Summer 2022 support
On 30 September 2021, the Department for Education and Ofqual published the outcomes of the consultation on proposed summer 2022 adaptations, including optionality and advance information.
The consultation concluded that all of the proposals set out in the consultation document would be implemented.
This is in addition to the outcomes of the 2022 NEA and field work consultation, which published on 16 June. These confirmed the carry forward of arrangements which were put in place in 2021 to take account of public health restrictions that might continue to affect the way the assessments in certain qualifications could be conducted.
For A level Design & Technology the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project
Instead of final prototypes, candidates can produce mock-ups and/or clear and detailed intentions of prototypes using proof-of-concept models.
Grid 10 in the Candidate Assessment Booklet (CAB) will not be assessed for 2022 to reflect the change.
Demonstrations of using machinery/tools/processes will be accepted through written, photographic and/or video evidence.
Centres may continue to manufacture high-quality outcomes where it is safe to do so, and in line with public health guidelines. However, for the equality of all students, marks will not be awarded for Quality and Accuracy in the assessment of this component.
The Cleapps GL344 Guidance on practical work during Covid-19 should be consulted in respect of the continuation of practical activities.
Component 1 – Principles of Design and Technology
To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some of the topic areas that will be included on the exam papers, helping them to manage their exam preparation. This information will be issued in the spring term to help students to focus their revision time.
However, the DfE have confirmed that if the impact of the pandemic worsens, this could be issued earlier in the academic year. We will update you on the timing of the advance information release once this has been confirmed.
We have developed guidance ahead of the publication of the advance information, to provide further detail on what the advance information will cover.
Download the advance information guidance.
We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements.
You can find the support currently available to support teaching and learning below.