GCSE Graphics


Students studying GCSE Graphics Products at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here


Unit 1 - Written Paper (45501) - (2 hours 120 marks - 40%)

  • Candidates answer all questions in two sections
  • Pre-release material issued.


Unit 2 - Design and Making Practice (45502) (Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60%)  

  • Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks.
  • The controlled assessment is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new product.
  • The set tasks can be one of the folliwng:
    • Pop up book
    • Four fold CD cover and POS display
    • Film display & posters


What is involved?

In Graphic Products you will learn a range of drawing and sketching techniques through varied exercises and short assignments. Learning how to draw accurately in 3D by hand and with a computer using Techsoft 2D Design and CAD/CAM to aid the design and manufacture of products using Sketch Up and Photoshop. Theory work will focus on graphics in industry and will include the properties of graphic materials and media, printing methods, product analysis, manufacturing processes and the use of ICT in production. You will be required to look at commercial products and decide how well they satisfy consumer needs. You'll also be asked to consider how those needs relate to moral, social, ethical and environmental issues.


Key Dates

Students are given deadline dates throughout the controlled assessment.


Who should study this course?

Any student wishing to enter the fascinating and demanding world of product design. Any student wanting to gain skills which will be useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study of Design and Technology and in personal life.

How will this course lead to careers involving Design?

Examples of career paths in graphics include: advertising and marketing, product design, graphic design, web design, computer game design, interior design and exhibition design.