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Years 10 and 11
  English Language
  Religious Education
  Travel and Tourism
  Design and Technology - Textiles
  Design and Technology - Graphic Products
  Design and Technology - Food
  Design and Technology - Resistant Materials
  Art and Design
  Music Technology
  Creative Media Production
  Health and Social Care
Provision for additional educational needs

Further information

Years 10 and 11

Design and Technology - Graphic Products


Last update Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Subject Content

The GCSE in Graphic Products gives pupils a range of important life skills and prepares them for a variety of occupations. Pupils will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and develop awareness of characteristics of 2D and 3D graphic products by completing small focused practical tasks and by developing a product of their own design. Design briefs are set by the examination board and pupils will be given a choice of the project they wish to develop.

  • 60% Controlled Assessment (50% practical/50% design folder)
  • 40% Examination

Teaching Group Arrangements

Pupils are in option groups and stay in the same group for the duration of the course. The GCSE comprises of three hours per week (one double lesson and one single).


Unit 1 – Written paper

Pupils will sit a 2 hour paper in the summer term of Year 11

  • Materials and Components
  • Design and Market Influences
  • Processes and Manufacture

Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice

This is a controlled assessment task that will be completed in approximately 45 hours over the duration of the course.

Controlled assessment is broken into five criterion

  • Investigating the Design Context - 8 marks
  • Development of Design Proposals (including modelling) - 32 marks
  • Making - 32 marks
  • Testing and Evaluation - 12 marks
  • Communication - 5 marks

Total: 90 marks

Provision for Additional Educational Needs

The course allows pupils to progress through grade boundaries G - A*. Gifted and talented pupils can enhance their skills on CAD and CAM machinery and attend after school clubs. Pupils with Special Educational Needs are supported with differentiated resources and in class support.


  • BTEC Graphic Design
  • BTEC Art and Design
  • BTEC 3D Design
  • A level Graphic Design
  • A level Product Design
  • A level Art and Design
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