Key Stage 3 Graphics

At Key Stage 3 students are taught Graphics in order to develop graphic design drawing skills including lettering and shading skills. Students will develop their skills using Photoshop and will draw their own packaging nets.

Overview of Graphics at KS3


Key Stage 4 Graphics

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.

Course Content

The course is quite demanding and there is a lot of theory to be learned throughout the two years. So lessons are divided into practical and theoretical lessons.

Currently Students have 5 Graphic Product lessons over a two week timetable.

Within this time scale pupils will study the theory of Graphic Products as well as develop their skills such as rendering, pictorial drawing, and making quality 3D products. Students will cover the following topics over the two years:

  • Designing skills
  • Making skills
  • Materials and Components
  • Design and Market influences
  • Paper and card engineering
  • Processes and Manufacture.

Controlled Assessment

The Controlled Assessment is made up of the 45 hour design and make project where pupils compile a coursework portfolio and create a final product. The task is divided into 5 sections; Investigating the Design Context, Development of Design Proposals, Making, Testing and Evaluation and finally Communication.

The final product varies year to year as the design briefs set by the exam board change, currently there are 12 design briefs to choose from. Current Year 11 students are designing a new confectionary product and its packaging.

Post 16 Pathways
There are a range of subjects that students can study Post 16, including:

  • Graphic Design
  • Product Design
  • A Level Design Technology
  • Architecture
  • Game design
  • Web design
  • Teaching degree

Overview of Graphics at KS4


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Mr Lee Chadburn

Teacher of Design & Technology

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