Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Design) is engaging and inspiring, and reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving society – this qualification enables students to apply themselves and develop the practical skills needed to succeed in their chosen pathway.
In contrast to KS3 Design and Technology, pupils have greater freedom to design products from their own specification. Typical outcomes could include; architectural models of shops, clubs and music venues; merchandise bags, business cards, promotional gifts, perfume/aftershave packages, music merchandise, CDs, etc.
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Written examination (1 hour and 45 minutes): 50% of the qualification – 100 marks
Section A: Core
This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A.
Section B: Material categories
This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in Section B.
Non-examined assessment: 50% of the qualification – 100 marks
There are four parts to the assessment:
- Investigate: This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification
- Design: This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, and development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the chosen design
- Make: This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy
- Evaluate: This includes testing and evaluation
What does it lead to?
This is a full course GCSE and therefore leads, on a point score basis, to all Further Education programmes.
Careers in graphic design include; graphic designer, digital and multimedia design, colour technologist and communication design.
For more information click on our A Level Product Design course.
You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use graphics on the BBC Bitesize website.
For example careers leading from this subject, click here.