AQA Design & Technology :Visual Communication

Why choose AQA for CSE Design and Technology

GCSE Design & Technology will prepare students to participate confidently & successfully in an increasingly technological world.  You will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design & Technology including historical, social and cultural, environmental & economic factors.  You will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing & making & apply technical & practical expertise.

This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.   You will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

You can find out more about this qualification at

Skills you will be looking at and how to evidence it…

  1. Drawing and sketching in 2D and 3D
  • Crating/wire frame techniques.
  • Grids and underlays.
  • Oblique and isometric.
  • One and two point perspective
  1. Using digital editing
  • Rotating
  • Resizing
  • Reshaping
  1. Using typography Applying text to:
  • packaging
  • posters
  • products
  • websites
  • publications.
  1. Application of colour theory – Use colour to add:
  • visual impact
  • enhancement using tints, tone, shade and texture.
  1. Producing publishing layouts. Use templates/frames
  • posters
  • websites
  • publications.
  1. Application of surface development and card engineering using hand tools
  • Packaging.
  • Kinetic spreads.
  1. Image capture and manipulation
  • Scanners/Cameras.
  1. Producing a Web-based design Customised web page.
  2. Using printing processes • Digital printing.
  • Sublimation printing.
  • Screen printing.
  1. Using finishing techniques 
  • Laminating.
  • Varnishing.
  • Foil blocking and Embossing
  1. Using CAD/CAM for model making  – Photoshop.
  • Laser cutter.
  • Vinyl cutter.
  1. Teamwork Working to create an outcome as a member of a team. Participation and collaboration with others, communication, following instructions, time management, understanding their roles and leadership.

What’s assessed?

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

How’s it assessed

  • Written exam 2 hours
  • 100% marks
  • 50% of the GCSE


Section A – Core technical principles

(20 marks) – Multi –choice and short answer questions

Section B – Specialist technical principles

(30 marks) Several short questions and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles

Section C – Designing & making principles

(50 marks) A mixture of short answers &  extended response questions

Non Exam Assessment

Practical application

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing & making principles

How it’s assessed

  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE


  • Substantial design & make task
  • Identifying & investigating design possibilities
  • Generating design ideas
  • Realising design ideas
  • Analysing & evaluating

For more information about this course please speak to Miss Hearn or your Design and Technology teacher