Graphic Communication

Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019






Design Technology

Course Content & Assessment

GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.
Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

Subject Information
GCSE Graphic Communication is the process of designing primarily visual material to convey information, ideas, meaning and emotions in response to a given or self-defined brief. Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of graphic communication, such as: communication graphics, design for print, advertising and branding, package design, typography or signage.

In Year 10, students work on a range of design projects which enable them to develop their creativity, understanding and knowledge of design. Looking at the work of other designers whilst exploring all aspects of Graphic communication to build their skills and confidence in design.

In Year 11, students focus on two main components:
Component 1: Portfolio: Here students make individual choices about their own project brief, which will be designed for a specific need and form a sustained project supporting the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions. Through research, design, analysis, manufacture and evaluation students build evidence of completing the four assessment objectives

Component 2: Externally set assignment: Here students respond to a chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.
The key skills leant whilst studying Graphic Communication will not only support our students as designers but can also feed into other subject areas, improving analytical and critical evaluation, attention to detail and presentation explicitly helping them to become creative ‘problem solvers’ with a logical approach.

60% Portfolio, 40% Externally set assignment

I love my Graphics lessons! My teachers have helped me to change the way that I think about design. They have shown me different ways of thinking and have encouraged us all to think of new ideas to become individually creatve
Olivia - Tudor House

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Graphics or 6 in a Design Technology subject
Route B: GCSE Grade 6 in Art. A portfolio of work and interview process will be used to support applications, particularly if demand for the subject is high. It can also lead to apprenticeships within the printing and creative industries.