AQA Exemplar D&T Folder for the new GCSE [Updated August 2018]

This is my own take on what I believe a level 9 folder could look like for the new AQA GCSE in Design and Technology. It is appropriate for the ‘children’s learning and play’ sample context and covers exploring a context, iterative design, prototyping and client led brief along with investigations, analysis and evaluations. This is a PDF file and there are 40 slides in the folder, each with a commentary and a summary at the end of each A0 as well as extra slides at the end to support the process. In total there are 60 slides here but the extra slides are the the benefit of the teacher or to explain and justify the marks awarded.

There is evidence in the folder of SketchUp, Solidworks, Photoshop and the use of CNC equipment and 3D printing. It is not endorsed by any examination board but can inspire you in your approach to teaching the new NEA in your school to a very high standard.

I have worked for the AQA for 20 years with 25 years D&T teaching and leadership experience where many students achieved 100% for their coursework so this is based on that experience and a culmination of assessing thousands of folders coupled with industry design experience. Additionally, I have consulted for DATA, TES and the BBC.

Recent additions (July 2018) include 16 extra slides to show a summary of modelling, drawing, CAD etc. and further development of the product beyond the GCSE prototype into AS/A Level territory with the outcome being a completely 3D printed prototype. August 2018 update simply adds some extra info.

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Created: Dec 15, 2017

Updated: Sep 15, 2018

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