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Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include grade 4 or above in GCSE Art or Design based subject or BTEC equivalent, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

Alternatively – submission of a suitable portfolio and successful interview.

How will I be assessed?

The A level Graphic Communication course is 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment. All work is internally assessed and then externally verified by an exam board moderator.

What will I study?

This course is designed to offer you a variety of projects that investigate the diverse nature of Graphic Communication. You will investigate advertising, branding, typography, illustration, animation and other related areas. The course is structured in a manner that allows you to produce work for specified briefs; this approach simulates the role of a Graphic Designer when responding to the demands of a client.

You will produce work in a range of media, using a variety of processes. You will produce computer-generated work and experiment with print-making, collage, stencilling, drawing and a range of other experimental approaches.

All the work you produce will be contextualised with research into designers and artists. You will be encouraged to take creative risks and experiment with your work.

Where will this course lead me?

Developing your creative understanding can be useful in many fields of learning as well as a range of careers. It is particularly appropriate for branding, advertising, illustration, industrial or product design, architecture, computer games design, teaching, and working in the creative industries.

Studying an Art course is an excellent way to develop soft skills such as independence. It will improve time management and problem solving skills whilst developing creative thinking skills and resilience.  

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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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