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D&T Visual Communication (Graphics)

Qualification:  GCSE Design & Technology - Visual Communication (Graphics)

Exam Board/Specification:   Edexcel

The Visual Communication course will provide you with the skills to take a more analytical view on everyday products. It will allow you to understand how colour, shapes, images are chosen to influence our decisions as consumers. You will be taught to manipulate these skills to produce a series of products of your own using traditional sketching and presentation skills as well as the more modern CAD and CAM facilities. Most important of all you will become a problem solver, so whether you choose to follow the path of Design in the future or not, you will have a skill valued by many employers.

Is this course right for you?

  • Are you a creative person, who enjoys crafts, doodling and sketching in their free time?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team and as an individual?
  • Are you fascinated by technology and how the world is changing?
  • Are you interested in pursuing a career in one of the UK’s highest manufacturing industries?

What does the course involve?

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to gain an understanding of the Graphic Design industry and develop skills across a range of areas within the subject. 

You will develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of Visual Communication and learn how to develop a portfolio of work that covers a wide range of materials, processes and equipment.  Problem solving, risk assessment, planning, and critical review skills will all be developed through design and manufacturing projects. 

What about controlled assessments and exams?

You will start your controlled assessment project at the beginning of year 11. This will give you an opportunity to demonstrate all the skills you have learned to date and develop even more advanced ones. This piece of work will continue through most of year 11.

When your coursework is complete you will begin a period of intense exam preparation, ensuring there are no gaps in your knowledge.

You will complete an exam at the end of year 11. This exam lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The controlled assessment project accounts for 50% of the qualification and the exam paper provides the remaining 50% of the mark.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

There are many opportunities linked to a Graphic’s qualification. Those with a specific design focus include:

  • Website development
  • Printing
  • Paper and Pulp industries
  • Advertising
  • Computer Graphic Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Product Design
  • Set Design
  • Animation
  • Industrial Design

You may go on to study A-Level Visual Communication, Art and Design or any relevant BTEC course, such as Engineering at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre or other providers.

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