AS & A Levels From September 2017 (England)

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AS & A level

DfE AS & A level Subject Content Document

See the original DfE Subject Content document for AS and A level. This is the document the exam boards have to use to structure their qualifications. It can be an easier starting point to use if you want a quick overview of the new AS and A level course content as there is less detail. Each exam board will be able to interpret this document in their own way but the content in this document underpins all AS and a levels.  

Download this audit which is based on the DfE Subject Content document and is intended as a quick review document for departments wanting to audit their A level provision. It not intended to replace a full audit departments will also need to audit provision against their chosen A level specification. This document is a good starting point when reviewing the curriculum as it is less detailed than the exam board specifications which makes it easier to use. 

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This resource has also been developed into an interactive departmental curriculum planning tool which is given away for free on many courses and which is also available to download as a ‘Pay What You Want’ resource


Comparing the AS and A level specifications

A Level specs comparison

This document is our comparison of the specs & sample exam papers for the A level. It is not specific to Product Design and Fashion and Textiles and compares the approach to the exam and NEA only. 

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Our document can be used & adapted by teachers in a department but it must not be used in any other way without permission. 


AS specs comparison

This document is our comparison of the AS - like the summary above it is not specific to Product Design and Fashion and Textiles and compares the approach to the exam and NEA only. 

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Our document can be used & adapted by teachers in a department but it must not be used in any other way without permission. 


Both of the above documents are our opinion only & it’s essential departments do their own comparisons. 


Resources to support the AS & A levels

Understanding the textbooks and supporting resources that are available to support the various qualifications at KS4 and KS5 is nearly as complicated to understand as the specifications themselves! I’ve put together a summary of the information I can find so far. Note this may not be up to date so consult the publisher’s website to ensure you have all of the most up to date information. Items may be available from other retailers at different prices and prices exclude VAT. The information can also be downloaded as a PDF document by clicking on the image. 

Textbooks A level 2


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Don’t forget there are lots of free resources on this website to support the D&T GCSE and these are being added to all the time. In particular look in the Let’s Learn#ThinkDo and TechDoodle sections. 

There are also resources for sale and these are also added to all the time. 

See the AS and A level specifications on the exam board websites

Click on the links below to see the specifications & sample papers




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