Graphic Design



Code 4550

This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

The new specification is designed to foster awareness amongst candidates, of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.

The subject content of this specification covers the Programme of Study for Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum Order for Design and Technology. The subject content also meets the requirements of the National Criteria for GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Products).

The subject content is arranged in three sections:

Materials and components

Design and market influences

Processes and manufacture


GCSE Full Course                     (4550)

Unit 1: Written Paper (45501) - 2 Hours - 120 Marks - 40%

Candidates answer all questions in two sections.

Pre-release material issued. (This gives the theme for the examination paper and allows candidates to undertake research prior to the examination.)


Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45502)

Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%.                                                                                    

Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks.

This work is completed under controlled assessment conditions.

Mrs E Machin BA (Hons)

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