GCSE Design and Technology - Support and resources for the summer 2018 term

Friday 13 Apr 2018

The summer term is always busy with lots going on. As we all gear up towards the exam and awarding season, things can feel challenging and confusing; we’re here to make that journey a bit easier.

To help you find what you’re looking for quickly, this update contains information and links to useful resources, events and support.

Non-exam assessment (NEA) contexts

Make sure you’ve got your login for e-AQA handy, as the AS and GCSE NEA contexts will be released on 1 June. You’ll find them in the Secure Key Materials (SKM) section, under the relevant specification.

Specimen assessment materials (SAMs) to help prepare your students for their first exams this summer

If you’re teaching GCSE Food Preparation, AS Product Design or AS Fashion and Textiles, this summer will see the first assessment of the new specifications. Be sure to a look at the specimen question papers and mark schemes on our website (under ‘Assess’ on your specification page) and on SKM for additional sets.

Mathematical questions

It’s important that students are used to answering mathematical-type questions within the relevant context of design and technology. This is especially important for students studying GCSE Design and Technology, GCSE Engineering and AS/A-level qualifications, so where possible integrate these into your teaching.

Training and continuing professional development (CPD) this term

We’re running face-to-face and online events this summer term, including Getting started (great for a refresher or if you’re new to teaching the specification), and Non-exam assessment (NEA) planning, to help you effectively deliver this component with your students. You’ll also meet and network with other Design and Technology teachers as well.

Contact us

To get in touch with your dedicated support team, call 0161 957 3334, email dandt@aqa.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @AQA