You mean the Resistant Materials or Graphic Product one?
I did the Resistant Materials one on the 9th of June. Pretty simple, though that ten marker on the effects of built in obsolescence on society was completely new so there may be some waffle syndrome with that one and that 6 marker on countries encouraging sustainable timber production was the same case.
I wrote everything I could bloody think of for both of those and I think I made a very good point, but since these were completely new there's no way of knowing what they even wanted as an answer. Typical D&T exams.
Speaking of which, I've had 3 D&T exams before this one (2 engineering, and AS PD) which I all found good, but still ended up with a C. In fact I haven't seen anyone get more than a C in them, which is a bit ridiculous. I need an A in product design, and I scored very highly in both coursework modules (110+), so another C in this exam will still get me an A, hopefully.
Removal of OPTEMS
In order to help increase security, and also allow more time for centres to process and submit their centre assessed marks, from Summer 2017 we will only be allowing centres to submit those marks online; via Edexcel Online or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
This will be in keeping with other Awarding Organisations, and will offer the following advantages:
- you will be able to submit marks right up to the deadline
- a reduction in the amount of paper being sent through the system, and stored in centres
- it will eliminate the risk of OPTEMS being lost or damaged in the post
- Edexcel Online will display the latest allocated moderator details, capturing any late changes
If your teaching staff usually complete their own OPTEMS forms, please see the guide below on how you can give senior teachers or Heads of Department the relevant access to Edexcel Online to complete their own electronic submissions.
The only exception to this change will be for Entry Level Certificate (Academic) which will continue to have marks submitted via OPTEMS, as these qualifications are not on Edexcel Online.