Summer 2022 support

The Department for Education have confirmed that exams will go ahead in 2022, but with a few changes, such as optionality or advance information.

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For A level Design & Technology the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:

Non-examiner assessment

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.

Advance information

Component 1 – Principles of Design and Technology

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some information about the exam content, helping them to manage their exam preparation. The Department for Education has now confirmed that advance information can be released.

You can now access your advance information for May/June 2022.

The advance information should be read alongside the JCQ teacher guidance and the advance information guidance which was published on 9 December.

Download the JCQ teacher guidance

Download the full advance information

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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.