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Graphic Communication Art & Design A Level at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

Graphic Communication is a 2 year linear A level with two units of externally assessed work.

The course operates as a foundation first year, during which the concepts of graphic design are explored through a mixture of taught material and short projects.

The second year is devoted to the two externally assessed units. The first of these units is a personal investigation (project) in which the student explores an area of graphic design of interest to themselves. The second is an externally assessed set design brief that the student responds to.

The A level grade is determined by the second year work units.

Whilst students have a lot of freedom to investigate and discover through experimentation, the course emphasis is on commercial and viable graphic design. A variety of media and techniques are explored along with a significant digital content to realise professional quality outcomes.

Course content

Foundation year includes project investigating;

Letterform & Typography, Visual Grammar, Colour & Pattern, Design for print, Branding & Identity.

The Second Year is comprised of:

A personal investigation of the student’s free choice in graphic design (60% of the total marks for the A level)

An externally set and assessed design brief that the student prepares a response to (40% of the total marks for the A level).

Entry requirements

Grade 5-9  in GCSE Graphics or other Art Based subject


60% personal investigation and 40% externally set assingment

Future opportunities

Design skills are useful in any walk of life.

A number of students from this course have gone on to study Graphic Design at University and a number are now practicing as Graphic Designers. 

Others are pursuing careers in Marketing, Advertising, Digital Media, Product Design & Engineering

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact your School Careers Adviser

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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