This is my own take on what I believe a level 9 folder would 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. 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 consult for DATA and the BBC.
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.
Recent additions (June 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.