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Graphics and Art Communication GCSE at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

This is an essential course to take if you are considering working or studying anything creative in the future. Graphic Communication students will undertake a variety of content that may include, music album promotional material, packaging design, product design, poster design, photography, stop-motion animation and handmade typography amongst others. There are many areas of Graphic Communication that we can explore and
project themes can change depending on the interests of the group and topics set by the exam board

Entry requirements

If you have achieved a pass in GCSE Art you cannot pick this option.


Coursework - Weighting 60% - Internally assessed
Content: Graphic Communication Project 1
Controlled Test - Weighting 40% - Internally assessed
Content: Graphic Communication Project 2

Future opportunities

There are many careers that would benefit from you taking GCSE Graphics & Art Communication including: Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Web Designer, Product Designer, Teacher, Interior Designer, Architect, Artist, Animator, Photographer, Fashion Designer plus many more. Many employers outside of the creative industry like to see candidates with a CV that shows that they are creative thinkers, able to generate ideas and solve problems in creative ways. After your GCSE, you can extend your potential by undertaking further study at AS level in any Art & Design area.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.