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. Currently, Year 9 study Resistant Materials for 2 years at 3 hours a week; Year 10 student Resistant Materials for 1 year at 5 hours a week.
The Controlled Assessment consists of an A3 workbook that needs to be completed, consisting of 2 sections:
The practical element is worth 30% of the controlled assessment marks (90 marks).
You must pick from one of the set design briefs set by the exam board.
The course is quite demanding and there is a lot of theory to be learned throughout the course.
Lessons are divided into practical and theoretical sessions. Be aware that this course is not purely practical based.
Practical lessons include working with or studying the following areas:
Post 16 Pathways
Following Post 16 study, students are able to study the following subjects at University if they wish to continue with Design and Technology: