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Graphic Communication at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

Due to popular demand in recent years we have decided to offer a Graphic Design & Communication course separate and distinct from the fantastic A-Level 3D Design course in Design & Technology. We aim to deliver a creative and inspiring course which provides students with a range of opportunities to learn skills and processes relating to all areas of Graphics Communication. This course aims to develop visual literacy and creativity alongside visual communication skills and experience. Students should expect 4-5 hours face to face teaching per week with the equivilant to be time to be spent working independently. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of graphic media, techniques and processes including both traditional and new technologies. We would expect that students may go on to work in the creative industries or enter further study at college, foundation level or University.

Course content

YEAR 12  Students will learn learn about key principles of design through a series of workshops and projects relating to typography, printmaking techniques, paper engineering and layout design. Students will have the opportunity to explore materials and processes as well as the work of other artists and designers in order to make individual, creative responses to commercial briefs, and develop their own personal aesthetic.  Students will be assessed on their coursework and practical exam.


YEAR 13 - The first unit will run over the summer, building on skills from the Year 12 course. Students will also be required to create their own personal project brief for their major project. This will provide them with the opportunity to work more closely with real-world clients and make responses balancing client needs with their developing personal aesthetic and selected material preferences. They will reflect on their own investigations, process and outcomes throughout the course, developing an informed critical voice. Students will be assessed on their coursework and practical exam.


Entry requirements

A GCSE average of 5 with a preference of a 5 or C or above in Technology or Art


50% Coursework

50% Practical exam

Future opportunities

Pathways may include, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Design for print, Packaging design, Advertising and marketing, Web design, Artists books, Paper engineering, Visual merchandising, Art and Design education.

Further information

Course Leader:


Yvette Sullivan

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years