Technical Award STEM

  • Teaching from: September 2017
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: Draft 3765
  • QAN code: TBC

The Department for Education has introduced Level 1/2 Technical Awards for 14 to 16 year olds at Key Stage 4. A Technical Award is equivalent to a single GCSE.

We’re developing a qualification that will meet the requirements for performance measures, provide students with an interesting and relevant learning experience and enable them to progress to a wide range of academic and vocational post-16 studies.

We’ve partnered with teachers and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries to ensure that the STEM skills employers are looking for are provided in the qualification we’re developing. It will include problem solving, team working and communication skills using a range of technologies.

This draft qualification has not yet been approved by the Department for Education (DfE). It is published to enable teachers to have early sight of our proposed approach to the new specification. Further changes may be required and no assurance can be given that this proposed qualification will be made available in its current form, or that it will be approved in time for first teaching.


Specification at a glance

Specimen papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources


Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

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Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

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Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 21 May 2018 Exam for Technical Awards Fundamentals of STEM (STM3)
    Series: June 2018
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30

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