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Graphic Products A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Studying Graphics Products will develop your creative, technical and practical skills. You will also develop your ability to design and make products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants or needs, and enhance our everyday lives, and expand your knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. 


Graphic products are used to persuade, sell and communicate. Pictures or words are used to sell, protect or communicate either themselves or other products. Graphic products are nearly always made from paper, card or plastic. A Graphic Product has two clearly defined pathways; “Conceptual design”, which incorporates a wide range of 3D products or associated graphics, for example - Packaging design. “The built environment” focuses on the surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, for example - Architecture, Interior design, Exhibition design, Theatre sets, and Garden design. 

Course content

Unit 1: (AS module) – 6GRO1 Portfolio of Creative Skills (Coursework)

•       This includes three distinct sections: Product Investigation, Product Design, and Product Manufacture. Students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of project work, graphical communication exercises and product manufacture. .

Unit 2: (AS Module) – 6GRO2 Design and Technology in Practice 

•       Examination topics: Theory knowledge on Materials and Components, Industrial and Commercial Practice, Quality, Health and Safety.

Unit 3: (A2 Module) – 6GRO3 Design for the future 

•       Examination topics; Industrial and commercial practice, Systems and control, Design in context, Design movements in history, Sustainability. 

Unit 4: (A2 Module) – 6GRO4 Practical project. Commercial design (coursework)

•       Students are encouraged to be creative and adventurous in their work and apply skills and knowledge to design and make a product of their choice. Students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem.  


Which students do well at A-Level Design and Technology Graphic Products?


•       …those who have an interest design and how it has evolved over time. 

•       …those who want to use and develop design skills, including Computer Aided Design

…those who enjoy solving problems and producing solutions to real world problems

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • C in GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Product Design – Grade C


  • Two modular examinations. 1 in year 12 (AS) and one in Year 13 (A2) (40%)
  • Two coursework pieces 1 in year 12 (AS) and one in Year 13 (A2) (60%) 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poole High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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