Increasingly schools are choosing to adopt the GCSE Art and Design Qualification in addition to or as a replacement for the GCSE Design and Technology Qualification, specifically because it offers a 3D design option. This resource has been developed and shared by Steven Moss, from Manchester Communication Academy, one of the CREATE Education Hub Schools.

This resource provides a series of exemplar project sheets with guidance notes for students to use when working on their Portfolio Sustained Project (assessment component 1) and also on their Non-Exam Assessment (assessment component 2). These guidance sheets are also accompanied by a video which serves as an introduction and a guide taking students through the process of producing their project work.

The following 3D Design GCSE Qualifications are available:

The final page of the exemplar sheet references the mark scheme for the AQA 8205 specification, however, this could be substituted if you are following any of the other exam board specifications.

Some examples of previous students’ project outcomes are shown below.

In The Classroom

The video that accompanies this resource can be used as an introduction when students are starting their portfolio project work , it is also useful for showing to students who are considering taking the 3D Design course during options presentations as it shows the type of work that the course covers. The Portfolio Guidance PDF can be shared with students or used as a classroom display to guide them through the different stages of their independent project work.