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Design Technology Graphic Products GCSE at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Manufacturing Technologies - Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Course content

This subject is about Designing and Making a product using Graphic Media. The project work uses a range of materials such as Paper, Card, Adhesives, Pens, Pencils and Crayons.
In year 10 we study the theory of Graphic materials, constructional techniques, CAD/CAM, Health and Safety and the need for quality design.
Theory knowledge is taught but most skill acquisition is gained from practical work.
Towards the middle of year 10 you will start preparing a Major Project.
This project is worth 60% of your final GCSE mark - so it is important to do well in it.
We allow a free choice of project but will guide you into making a good choice for the exam.
Feedback is given to all pupils on their progress and attainment to help gain high marks.
The Major Project should finish during the Spring Term of year 11. In March the exam board issue the theme topic for the exam. Preparation for the exam is important and the final few weeks are spent in researching and preparing good examination technique.


The examination is tiered with Higher (A* to D) and Foundation (Grades C to G) Tiers
Both tiers have a Coursework Project (40 hours work) contributing 60% of the final mark plus a final Written Examination of 2 hours duration - 40% of final mark.

Future opportunities

AS /A2 level Design Technology.
Possible career areas that lead from this qualification:
  • Presentation
  • Media,
  • Advertising,
  • Modelling,
  • Interior Design
  • Architecture

Further information

Good Drawing Skills are an advantage.
For a copy of the school's Key Stage 4 (14 to 16) brochure please log on to the school's website at

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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