This course explores the key levers within the new specification and mark schemes that will allow you to increase your knowledge and understanding of the specification and ensure that students make excellent progress. It will look at exam technique, including making use of feedback from the 2018 AS examinations, the first for this specification. This interactive course will help you to build a foundation of teaching ideas and ways to develop students’ skills for the NEA with confidence.


  • Together we will take a detailed look at the course structure and assessment and examine effective models of delivery
  • Detailed coverage of styles, presentation and communication
  • Examine new technologies and how to maximise these within the NEA
  • Discuss the implications of good and bad practice and how to ensure students produce excellent exam answers
  • An opportunity to question discuss and relate situations with a subject expert at A-level
COURSE DATES Manchester Tuesday 23 October 2018
London Thursday 08 November 2018
  • Teachers new to A-level Design and Technology
  • Teachers entering students for the full A-level in 2019
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: Registration and Welcome

  • Key challenges of the specification, and how to address them

10.15 – 11.15am: A-Level Product Design, the new specification

  • Setting up Year 12 for excellent achievement in Year 13 – what students need to have done and know
  • Explanation of the new mark scheme and course structure and how this impacts on your teaching
  • Explore the method of assessment and the moderation process

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Key features of the specification and NEA

  • NEA contexts (Interactive exercises between presenter and delegates)
  • Styles, communication and presentation – what will be expected at A-level
  • An interactive marking exercise, using exemplar AS material
  • Feedback from 2018 AS NEA and utilising this information to improve student work for A-level
  • Good and Bad practice
  • Question and Answer session on teaching for high quality NEA

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Teaching the key content

  • Delivering exciting D&T lessons – how to utilise the practical nature of the subject for improved student outcomes
  • How to use your content teaching to prepare for the NEA
  • CAD/CAM (group activity)

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 3.45pm: Exemplar Material and marking exercises

  • Ensuring student progress on the Core content
  • Strategies and techniques to ensure students are exam ready
  • A-level interactive marking exercises between presenter and delegates utilising the new mark scheme

3.45 – 4.00pm: Plenary and Depart

  • Group discussion on how to utilise these ideas within the classroom and workshop
  • Final Questions and answers

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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