Key Stage 4

GCSE Graphic Products 

Examination Board: AQA

Course Description

The outcomes of all design and technology activities are required to be products and it is for this reason that this course is called ‘graphic products.’ The course provides opportunities in designing, making and evaluating, which focus on the exploration of spaces using visual impact and communication.

Although the majority of the activities are graphics based there is a considerable element of practical realisation in the manufacture of two and three dimensional models. A range of modelling materials will be used including, Styrofoam, and boards. Students will use Computer Aided Design to model their ideas using photoshop and Computer aided manufacture will help them to produce models of a professional quality.

Teaching and learning styles

Activities in the graphic media will be of two types.

  • Design and make assignments (DMAs) in which students or teachers will identify needs arising from real life situations including existing products, artefacts and systems.
  • Focused practical tasks (FPTs) which will be skill and knowledge based and will be directly relevant and related to the DMA.

The course will be taught through modelling. Modelling is defined as an attempt to describe solutions to design problems in whichever medium is appropriate to the designer. ‘Thinking through’ a problem requires continuous communication with yourself and others and the course will be centred on the ability to communicate. Students will be presented with what they perceive to be ‘real life’ design scenarios which they will be encouraged to respond to creatively.

Assessment

Two elements:

  • 60%. A design and make major project in Year 10 set by the exam board occupying approximately 40 hours of classroom time.
  • Final Examination. 40%. A preparation sheet will be issued before the exam to inform the student of the design context in which most of the questions will be set.

 

Assessment objectives

Coursework

Terminal examination

Total

Designing

20%

20%

40%

Making

40%

20%

60%

Total

60%

40%

100%

Grouping

Graphics is taught in mixed ability groups.

Further information on the Graphic products course can be obtained from Mrs J Roberts, Head of Construction Materials.