Design and Technology - Graphic Products

This area of study covers the range of knowledge and skills that are needed for the communication of ideas and solutions through drawings, diagrams and models. Information will be communicated using a range of presentation techniques, these techniques being linked to business and industrial practices. It will involve the designing, making and marketing of quality products with commercial potential. The making of products will be predominately one-off items but will also include knowledge of batch and mass production.

The ‘design process’ is used throughout the course in order to complete the tasks, assignments and projects. Research, investigation and design are a very important part of the course and must take place before any modeling or prototyping takes place.

Compliant materials are predominantly used for modeling and prototyping designs, these materials usually being card, corrugated card, modeling foam, foam board, paper and plastics.        

Key Stage 3

The following topics are covered:


  • Introduction to working with textiles materials


  • Introduction to working with timber, metal & plastic materials

Key Stage 4

The following topics are covered:


  • Introduction to GCSE Design & Technology
  • Design and make project
  • Studying the subject content: all materials, categories & systems


  • Studying the subject content: all materials, categories & systems
  • GCSE Design & Technology coursework/controlled assessment


  • GCSE Product Design coursework/controlled assessment
  • Revision for written exam
KS4 Assessment & Examinations
Current Yr 11 Examination Summer 2018 AQA GCSE (*A-G) Product Design Coursework/Controlled Assessment (60%)
Written Exam (40%)
Current Yr 10 First Examination Summer 2019: AQA GCSE (9-1) Design & Technology Coursework/Controlled Assessment (50%)
Written Exam (50%)