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Art - Graphic Communication - A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

The Graphics course is defined as work which is produced towards a specific design outcome. The advanced level course is extensive and is designed to develop skills in many areas of graphics, project work is underpinned by drawing techniques, photography and computer work. Visual imagery will be explored from direct observation and there will be opportunity to develop ideas in an expressive and imaginative way

N.B This course is a new specification starting September 2015


Course content

The AS course is made up of two components:

Component 1:  Portfolio 60% of the AS Level and is a collection of work from workshops and projects.
Component 2 : Externally set assignment 40%of the AS level is carried out over a period of weeks and  includes 10 hours of supervised time to produce a final outcome.

Similarly the A Level course is made up of 2 components:
Component 1: Personal Investigation 60%
Component 2: Externally set assignment 40%

Students are required to work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Advertising
  • Package design
  • Illustration
  • Communication graphics
  • Branding
  • Motion graphics

Students are encouraged to develop their designs from original work which can be applied to many purposes, advertising, packaging, compact disc covers, illustration projects, leaflets, posters, information graphics, book jackets, corporate identity, logotypes, etc.

There are demonstrations and practical workshops to allow students to become familiar with processes and techniques. Practical projects are set to the group and are assessed on a continual basis so that individual students can develop their own personal skills and ideas.

Continual assessment notes are made on a regular basis and agreements made between staff and students to progress projects.

Formal assessments and feedback take place after each component is completed.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

Students should have a GCSE Grade C in an art or a design related subject.

A student should also meet the general College entry requirements for advanced level study. Please refer to the current prospectus – Advanced Programmes, entry requirements. GCSE Grade B is a minimum requirement for students wanting to take two art and design subjects. Anyone wishing to do this should speak to a member of the art staff prior to enrolment.


AS Level

Component 2 is where students will be required to respond to an externally set assignment. The preparation period will be over a number of weeks followed by 10hours of supervised time to produce a final outcome.

A Level

Component 2 is where students will be required to respond to an externally set assignment. The preparation period will be over a number of weeks followed by 15 hours of supervised time to produce a final outcome.

Future opportunities

A number of students progress to Foundation Art and Design courses and related Graphic Design courses at degree level. Many of our former students work in related design posts in this country and abroad.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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