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Art Graphics AS/A Level at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)

Course description

This is a specialised course in Graphic Design, which requires enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to investigate and explore the realm of visual communication

Course content

Subject Content and Assessment



Weighting and Duration

Unit 1 Coursework:

This unit makes up 50% of the AS qualification. Students will have the opportunity to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.


Unit 2 Exam:

The external exam is accounts for 50% of the AS Level. This unit represents the culmination of the AS course. The paper consists of one broad- based thematic starting point.



Weighting and Duration

Unit 1 Coursework:

This unit accounts for 60% of the A-Level final grade.  It is made up of two components:


  • Practical work
  • Personal Study (2000 word essay)


 Unit 2: Exam The external exam accounts for 40% of the final A-Level grade.


All work is internally marked and externally moderated.


Learning Methods

A large emphasis is placed on generating ideas and documenting these in workbook/sheets, as well as developing work during independent study time. Research skills are an integral part of the course; students need to collect relevant information from a variety of sources (library, internet) as well as developing an


awareness of contemporary graphics.  As this is an art course drawing plays a huge part in each project. Students will also be exploring and experimenting with a wide variety of artistic techniques and media.  To support and enhance their creativity students can manipulate and create their work using ICT programs such as Photoshop.


The units could include poster design, packaging, illustration, editorial design, communication and story boarding.  

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students should have a grade B or above in Art & Design or Art Graphics or a Merit or above for Art BTEC. However, the Art department will consider students with a C or a PASS in special circumstances. Please talk to your art teacher to discuss this further.


Future opportunities


At present, many students taking Art related subjects will do a one-year Foundation course before applying for a degree course.

We have 100% success in helping students secure places to further their studies. 

Skills developed on an A level Art Graphics course are also useful in fields such as Marketing, Advertising, Web design, Graphic Design, Animation, Publishing, Journalism and the Media. The course also develops many transferable skills such as general aesthetic awareness, inquisitiveness, problem solving, presentation and communication skills that can be useful in many areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Ag