D&T Graphic Products

Students can choose GCSE D&T Graphic Products as one of their options as KS4

What will I study as part of GCSE Design & Technology – Graphic Products?

Graphic Products is concerned with the use and understanding of information presented in a graphic form. Students are taught about:

  • Design & manufacture of graphic products including model making skills
  • Computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Packaging and advertising
  • Environmental design and sustainable issues
  • Graphic presentation skills – drawing and presentation skills

The GCSE specifications in design and technology enable candidates to:

  • Actively engage in the process of design and technology to develop as effective and independent learners.
  • Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with understanding in order to design and make quality products
  • Explore ways in which aesthetics, technical, economic, environmental, ethical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making.
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life.
  • Develop decision-making and problem solving skills through individual and collaborative working.
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle.
  • Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

How will I learn this?

Controlled assessments
Practical assessments
Theoretical study
Various mini-focused projects in Year 10 incorporating skills needed to complete the GCSE.

What is the exam format?

A Controlled Assessment

A major design and make activity which counts for 60% of the final GCSE grade.

Final Exam

Examining Board: EDEXCEL

What careers might this lead to?

Civil engineering, Architecture/Housing Development, Design: Industrial, Product and Packaging, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Teaching/Lecturing.
Students may like to study further in Graphic Design at A level, Media communication and production GNVQ or BTEC, Photography BTEC or Art courses at Level 3.


Useful websites

BBC Bitesize Graphics