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Why AQA Design and Technology?

Design and technology is part of everyday life and is constantly evolving. Our qualifications focus on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes. They’ll learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

Our new GCSE is a single qualification. At A-level, students will be able to specialise in either Fashion and Textiles or Product Design.

We are also developing a suite of Technical Awards for this subject for first teaching in 2017. Sign up for updates, or find out more about the changes to GCSEs and which qualifications we are planning to offer in the future.

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Our team

Our team image"We're passionate about design and technology and we know you are too, which is why we've shaped our qualifications, support and resources so that you can teach in the way that meets the needs of your students.

We speak to teachers every day, from every type of school, and we involve them to continuously improve everything we do."

Steve Healy, Head of Curriculum

AQA understands how hectic it is to be a teacher and they really keep us up to date and show their awareness.
Juliette McGirr

Juliette McGirr,

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Textbooks (print and digital)


We're collaborating closely with publishers to ensure that you have textbooks to support you and your students with the new specifications, GCSE Design and Technology, AS and A-level Design and Technology: Product Design and AS and A-level Design and Technology: Textiles. Textbooks for Technical Awards will be available from spring 2017. Once the books have completed the AQA approval processes they will be badged ‘AQA approved’.