Content and assessment overview
The new GCSE Design and Technology consists of 2 components.
Written Exam, 50% of the qualification, 100 marks.
Each examination paper consists of 2 sections.
This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A.
This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. Learners pick and study a material category from the list and are assessed on this in this section of the paper.
The categories are:
- Papers and Boards
There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in Section B.
A taxonomy of command words has been carefully defined and will be used in the external assessments. This is available in Appendix 5 of the specification.
Removal of OPTEMS
In order to help increase security, and also allow more time for centres to process and submit their centre assessed marks, from Summer 2017 we will only be allowing centres to submit those marks online; via Edexcel Online or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
This will be in keeping with other Awarding Organisations, and will offer the following advantages:
- you will be able to submit marks right up to the deadline
- a reduction in the amount of paper being sent through the system, and stored in centres
- it will eliminate the risk of OPTEMS being lost or damaged in the post
- Edexcel Online will display the latest allocated moderator details, capturing any late changes
If your teaching staff usually complete their own OPTEMS forms, please see the guide below on how you can give senior teachers or Heads of Department the relevant access to Edexcel Online to complete their own electronic submissions.
The only exception to this change will be for Entry Level Certificate (Academic) which will continue to have marks submitted via OPTEMS, as these qualifications are not on Edexcel Online.