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Art & Design (Graphic Communications) AS/A2 at Batley Girls' High School - Visual Arts College

Course description

GCE Art & Design (Graphic Communications) AS and A2

Course content

Advanced Graphics and Communications Techniques.

Exploring ideas creatively through extended project work.

Investigating the work of existing artists and designers.

At AS you will complete two units of work both of which are fully 
practical and are worth 50% of the final AS grade. Unit 1 (Portfolio) 
is designed to introduce you to a range of traditional and digital 
media whilst learning about a range of graphical concepts and 
products. You will gain experience using a variety of computer  
aided design packages and manufacturing processes. In Unit 2 
(Controlled Assessment) you will select and tackle one of five 
questions set by the exam board, responding in a creative and 
individual way, including developing your ideas independently 
during a 5 hour timed session. 
At A2 you will complete a further two units of work. Unit 3 requires 
you to investigate an issue or idea that interests you, set your own 
brief and develop a suitable solution as well as writing about it in a 
personal journal. In Unit 4 (Controlled Assessment) you will select 
and respond to one of seven questions set by the exam board. You 
will produce a final outcome (or outcomes) over a period of 15 hours.
All work will be marked against four assessment criteria, covering 
recording ideas, contextual references, experimentation, and 
presenting a personal response. You will need to be creative,  
as well as investigative and resourceful.


Entry requirements

A keen interest in Art and Graphics.  

AS - a minimum grade C GCSE/Btec in Art and Design, Art Textiles, Fine Arts, Art Graphics or related DT subject.

A2 - Grade A*-C in AS Art/Graphics.


1 coursework unit and 1 controlled test (5 hours practical exam) at AS

1 coursework unit and 1 controlled test (15 hours practical exam) at A2

All units equally weighted.

AS = Unit 1 (50%) & Unit 2 (50%)

A2 = Unit 3 (50%) & Unit 4 (50%)

Future opportunities

Many careers in Graphic Design as well as teaching, interior designers.  A stepping-stone on to a university.


Many students go on to take a range of higher education courses in Art and Design, then aim to work  
as interior designers, website or print designers, illustrators, in galleries, in museums or in education.

Further information

Gallery and research trips will involve minimal cost to student.


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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 weeks