Specialism: Year 11 GCSE Graphics

What will my child be studying?

The second year of the two year course is dominated by the controlled assessment. Students are given careful direction into choosing a project that will fully display their talents. The majority of their time will be spent designing and making the controlled assessment under informal supervision. Exam preparation will occur twice, once in year 10 and once again as year 11 mock examination before the summer examination. This should involve the students undertaking research into the given design theme for the examination together with thorough revision of the theoretical work covered in Year 10.

How is the course assessed?

Controlled assessment 60% of the total marks, External examination 40% of the total marks.

Are there Controlled Assessments?

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 design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper or the equivalent in A4. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

How long are the examinations?

Two hours. The exam is divided into two sections; the first is a design task for which pre-release material is issued in order to ensure thorough preparation. The second is based on theory and drawing skills that will have been studied throughout the course.

What equipment should my child have?

All students should have pencils and coloured pencils for design work (we do not encourage the use of felt tip pens) as well as pens for their written work.

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How can I support my child’s learning?

Please ensure that homework tasks are completed as they will often be essential for the following lesson.

For further information, please contact:

Mr R King at rking@tringschool.org