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Graphic Communication A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

In Graphic communication students will develop their investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills. The course is designed to enhance all students’ aesthetic understanding and critical judgement and their knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures. Graphics students will develop a knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries via live projects with real clients. Students taking this course would expect to progress onto higher education courses in Graphic design/media or to begin working in the graphics/media industry

Course content

Component 1 - This is the coursework element in which students will produce design work based on themes and subject matter developed from personal starting points, to be negotiated with the teacher. This forms 60% of the final A level mark. Students will learn to use the digital and practical tools most relevant to Graphic communication and produce outcomes related to illustration, animation, packaging and multimedia.

Component 2 - This is an externally set exam which begins from 01 February in the second year. Students respond to a given title over three months and develop their ideas preparation for a final 15 hour exam. This forms the remaining 40% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above including Graphic Design, Design Technology and/or Art and Design. A GCSE in Graphic Design is the best platform from which to take this subject although in some circumstances after negotiations with the teaching staff student may access the course from the Art and Design GCSE.


All student work is initially marked internally as it progresses and given a final mark by teaching staff at the end of the course. This is then moderated by an external assessor from the exam board before final grades are awarded.

Further information

Students taking Graphic Design will be eligible for the Art Department’s international visits as well as the annual educational visits to London. Life drawing classes, gallery visits and live projects all form part of the learning experience within Art and Design subjects and Graphics in particular.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodroffe School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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