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GCSE D&T Graphic Products at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

Graphic products are big business! Advertising, CD covers, t-shirts, promotional materials, packaging, logos and company branding are created by teams of designers. If you like being creative with graphics and can imagine designing original and eye-catching products then this subject will appeal to you.


Course content

In Year 10 you’ll work through a number of small projects and focussed tasks that aim to give you a wide range of presentation and designing skills using both sketching, technical drawing and CAD drawing. Projects will include designing things such as ‘nets’ for sweet packaging, creating corporate identities/logos, promotional merchandise and pop-up mechanisms. Throughout these projects you will also look at the theory of Graphical Products, things like colour theory, use of materials, manufacture of graphical products on an industrial scale and  social and moral issues.

The majority of Year 11 will be spent on your controlled assessment, during this time you will work, with support, on an individual project chosen from a range set by the exam board. You will explore a number of designs, then develop and make your final design solution.


The majority of Year 11 will be spent on your controlled assessment, which represents 60% of the GCSE.  At the end of Year 11 you will sit an exam which will test your experiences of designing and making at school and your understanding of graphic products in a wider context.


Future opportunities

A GCSE in Graphic Products could lead to an A level in Product Design. This in turn, can lead to a foundation course in art or a university degree in a subject such as Graphic Design, Interior Design or Packaging Design and Technology. A GCSE in this subject provides you with exciting transferable skills, including sketching, designing, making and problem solving skills useful in any workplace.


Further information

Speak to Mrs Merritt, Mrs Vose or your KS3 teacher to find out more about the course, see some coursework projects and discuss your suitability for it.

Look at the AQA website for information about GCSE Design Technology: Graphical Products.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years