The final grade achieved at the end of the GCSE Graphics course is made up from 60% coursework and 40% of a final exam. There is one exam which takes place at the end of Year 10, the exam lasts approximately two hours and all students sit the same paper.
The Controlled Assessment consists of an A3 workbook that needs to be completed, consisting of 2 sections:
• Designing section – pages 1-11
• Planning, making and evaluating section – pages 12-15. The workbook is worth 30% of the controlled assessment marks (90 marks)
The practical element is worth 30% of the controlled assessment marks (90 marks).
Students pick from one of the set design briefs set by the exam board.
Lessons are divided into practical and theoretical sessions.
Practical lessons include working with or studying the following areas:
• Product design.
• Woods practical/theory.
• Metals practical/theory.
• Plastics practical/theory.
• Smart materials.
• Jigs and templates.
• Industrial processes and machinery.
• CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture and Computer Aided Design).
Post 16 Pathways
• Level 2 and 3 joinery.
• Level 2 and 3 construction
• Level 3 Product Design
• Level 2 and 3 Mechanical Engineering
Following Post 16 study, students are able to study the following subjects at University if they wish to continue with Design and Technology:
• Product design
• Engineering (Mechanical)
• PGCE secondary Design and Technology (Resistant Materials Technology)