What is the course about?


GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.


A graphic product is something that shows people how a finished item may look when it is finished. It is mainly made from paper or card based graphic materials. Items made include posters, flyers, packaging designs and include complicated shapes and mock-ups of almost anything that a manufacturer might be intending to make. Pupils will need to think of themselves as a professional graphic designer showing a client how a design may turn out.


The GCSE course will teach you about graphic design, an area of Design Technology which shows design ideas to other people using drawings and models or 'mock-ups'.


Where can it take me?


Examples of career paths in Graphics include:


  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Computer Game Design
  • ​Interior Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Apprenticeships


Why choose Graphic Products?


This is for students who enjoy making high quality graphic products such as marketing materials including, packaging, pop-up cards, brochures, calendars and point of sale displays. It includes promotional items that market and package a product. The course combines Computer Aided Design and Manufacture with traditional design and make skills.


If you are into big brands or architecture this could be the right choice for you.


Subject content:


The work you will undertake will include:


  • Drawing and rendering techniques
  • Use of colour
  • Technical drawing to show design ideas accurately
  • Perspective and isometric drawing to create 'artists' impressions'
  • Architectural drawing (buildings)
  • Graphs and charts
  • Corporate identity and company images
  • Using drawings and text to influence people's thinking
  • Use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturer) outputs
  • Working with a variety of graphic materials including: card, paper, plastics and SMART material technologies

How will I be assessed?


The syllabus is taken from the AQA Examination Board. The majority of the marks are awarded for coursework which is completed during the two years. This is mainly practical work supported by written evidence completed using ICT.

There is one examination at the end of the course which tests the knowledge gained during the two years and whilst completing the coursework.

Coursework – 60%

Examination - 40%

Exam Board - AQA