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The Designing and Making Innovation Challenges, for GCSE Design and Technology (Unit A552) and AS/A Level Design and Technology (Unit F521), are teacher-led externally examined units, which are primarily designed to take place in a design room, studio or workshop rather than an exam hall.
More details about running this unit are provided in the Teacher's notes and Teacher's handbook, available from qualification page.
Centres can run this unit from 1 April–21 June.
It lasts six hours 30 minutes, during which time the candidates record information in an OCR answer booklet.
It is usual to run the activity over three sessions: two three-hour sessions followed by a 30-minute session.
Once you have decided when you will run the challenge, please let us know so we can arrange to collect the work of a sample of centres for examiner standardisation. Please return a visit arrangement form by 1 April:
Work not selected for standardisation must be sent to your allocated examiner as soon as the last session is completed.
More details about running this unit are provided in the Teacher's notes and Teacher's guidance, available from the qualification page.
The advanced innovation challenge for unit F521 is a seven-hour design task held under normal exam conditions.
It is taken in two three-hour sessions over the period of one day in a design studio environment followed by a one-hour session at a later date in an exam hall.
All three sessions are completed on set dates (available in the exam timetables).
A theme is released each September, before the exam. Each theme runs for a year, enabling students to research and gather resources to form a personal handling collection known as a ‘job bag’.
The teacher script provided for sessions one and two guides the activities. When preparing for the challenge you must consider the teacher script, and use this and the theme to establish the nature of the ‘job bag’, which the candidates have limited time to access during the challenge.
The 'job bag' can contain:
Computers are permitted, but the Internet must be disconnected. However, candidates may find using Computer Aided Design more time-consuming than hand sketching and may risk losing marks.