Changes for 2022

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some changes to how GCSE Engineering will be assessed in 2022.

These changes are for 2022 only.

Changes to NEA

The Problem Solving, Engineering skills and Testing and Evaluation sections have been rewritten to reflect these changes.

Problem solving

Problem solving should be evident in the prototype design but students aren’t required to demonstrate this in a final prototype.

Engineering skills

  • This section has been reduced from 15 to 10 marks.
  • Students will no longer be assessed on the skill of making but will be required to show their ‘intentions of prototypes’ and demonstrate their understanding of the processes involved in making.
  • The assessment no longer requires students to make a final prototype - instead, they can show their understanding of the processes involved in making by writing about them. Documenting these processes is one way of gaining marks in the 2021 Engineering skills section. However, making skills are important for progression to future study, and for students’ understanding, so we’d encourage you to continue to allow students to make wherever possible. This is another way of demonstrating the knowledge tested in the 2021 Engineering skills section.

Testing and evaluation

There’s no expectation to test a final made prototype, but students should test their prototype designs.

Help and support

We have created a guidance document that gives you the new assessment criteria for GCSE Engineering. This can be found on the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA.

Please contact your NEA adviser for further support on conducting the NEA.

If you don’t know who your NEA adviser is, your exams officer will have these details, or you can contact us.