AQA Graphics Products

GCSE Graphic Products is both a popular and challenging subject that allows students to learn about communication, through images and text on products which are both visual and functional. During Year 10, students are given small diverse projects aimed at covering the different elements of the course.

  • Typical products that are covered in GCSE Graphic Products are:
  • Retail Design – Packaging, point of sale, shop interior displays and signs.
  • Publishing Design – Books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Corporate Identity Design – Stationery, reports, brochures, vehicles and signs.
  • Promotional Design – Literature, direct mail and exhibitions.
  • Information Design – Raising awareness of issues such as health and education, or instructing in the correct use of a product or service


Students will be completing one written exam which will contribute towards 40% their overall grade. This will take place at the end of Year 11 and will be two hours in length. The topics in this examination will have been covered during Year 10 and revisited during revision throughout the two years. The paper is part theory based and part design based with the context being supplied before the examination.

Controlled Assessment

Students will have the opportunity to complete a single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. The controlled assessment will be completed within lessons and will contribute towards 60% of their overall grade.

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