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A Level Design and Technology- Graphic Products at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

Design and Technology: Product Design – Graphic Products aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and a range of creative and practical skills in order to design and make high quality products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs and enhance our day-to-day lives. There is a wide and varied range of Graphic Products, and although they are primarily designed to appeal to consumers, they must also work and function well. This includes total packaging solutions for food and drink, items for use at home and work and toiletries like perfume. There is a strong emphasis on creativity and sustainability. 

Course content

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills


This is a coursework module where you will produce a portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate your creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making graphic products.  The three areas you will cover are:  Product Investigation: Product Design: Product Manufacture.


Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice

This unit focuses on materials and components, industrial and commercial practices, quality, sustainability and health and safety

There is a written examination which tests your knowledge and understanding of materials, processes and techniques used in designing and manufacturing graphic products.

Entry requirements

You are expected to have studied and achieved C or higher at GCSE Design Technology in either Graphic Products or Resistant Materials, or Art and Design.


Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills is internally set and marked by your teacher, and externally moderated by Edexcel. 60% AS  (30% A level).

Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice is a one and a half hour written examination. The style of paper is a question and answer booklet consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions which is set and marked by Edexcel. 40% AS  (20% A level).

Future opportunities

This subject can lead onto a range of degree courses such as Graphic Design, Product Design, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Display and Installation Design.

There are also associated careers in fields such as the Printing Industries, Publishing, Marketing and Museum curating.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years