This new interactive course on the A-level Product Design specification will help you to build a foundation of teaching ideas and ways to develop skills for the NEA. The course will enable your teaching so that students will be aware of, and be able to discuss and demonstrate, the development of a prototype from design proposals. This knowledge should influence the development of design ideas for the NEA so that students may make high quality products that meet the needs of identified users.


  • Explore excellent teaching and learning ideas which will allow students to produce high quality NEA work
  • Obtain strategies on how to realise ideas and link them to the NEA
  • Detailed coverage of styles, presentation and communication
  • Examine how current technologies (CAD/CAM) dovetail into the new specification
  • Expert guidance on how to mark the NEA work correctly
COURSE DATE London Monday 10 December 2018
  • All teachers of AQA A-level Design and Technology: Product Design
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 10.15am: Introduction and welcome

  • Key feedback from the 2018 AS NEA
  • Utilising this information for the A-level NEA in 2019 and beyond

10.15 – 11.15am: A/AS Level Product Design: the new specification

  • Examine how the NEA fits into the structure of the specification
  • The mark scheme and how to ensure students have developed those skills before beginning their NEA
  • Understanding the mark scheme – using it with students so that they understand how to produce excellent iterative design work

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Ensuring the brief allows access to high quality work

  • NEA contexts (Interactive exercises between presenters and delegate)
  • The difference between AS and A-level – using mini-projects to boost skills prior to Year 13
  • Realising ideas related to the NEA (Examples of projects.)
  • Using exemplar AS material, an interactive marking exercise with delegates
  • The iterative process and ensuring students meet the specification requirements

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Exemplar Material and marking exercises

  • The AQA standard and making sure students are progressing throughout the A-level
  • A-level interactive marking exercises between presenter and delegates utilising the new mark scheme
  • Good and Bad practice
  • Explore what is required for high level work

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Using the NEA to ensure high performance in all components

  • Using the NEA knowledge to improve students’ exam performance (and vice versa)
  • Maintaining motivation throughout the NEA process
  • The moderation process and key areas for teachers to get right

3.45 – 4.00pm: Final Round up

Gordon Barratt

Senior Coursework Advisor and Moderator for A/AS Level Product Design for a major awarding body. Recently retired Assistant Head teacher of a large 11-18 Technology College in Nottinghamshire and a highly experienced presenter and author for D&T.

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