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Design Apprenticeship Level 2 and 3 at Bridgwater College

Course description

This course is for individuals seeking to develop their Graphic Design skills within an Industry setting. It is suitable for young men and women with various skills and an interest in the subject. You will need to enjoy working in a practical way and within a team. You will also need to be keen to train both at work and at College.

Course content

There are many aspects covered within the Graphic Design Apprenticeship, including:

  • Creating design for print, branding, brochures, posters, leaflets, packaging, exhibition graphics and signage to name a few
  • Art working skills, creating pre-press digital files in design software
  • Researching historical and contemporary design, trends and Target Audiences to produce authentic design proposals for the correct market
  • Costing design and print, working within budgets through time management
  • Presentation techniques and customer liaison

Most jobs combine a number of these aspects, but whichever job you choose to do, your NVQ will be structured so that the training matches your job. You will work for your employer for four days a week and train for one day a week either in-house or at College.

Entry requirements

You should be educated to GCSE level and you will need to complete an initial assessment either at college or in the workplace. This assessment will help us guide you to the most appropriate programme to meet your needs.


There are no exams with NVQs. You are assessed on your knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis and will obtain evidence that you can meet the required standards throughout your training. There will be tests for some of the additional qualifications, such as the Technical Certificate.

You will be appointed an Assessor who will visit you in the workplace and assess your progress. Some of these visits will provide you with evidence that you can use towards our qualification. One day a week you will work on your college course work gaining the underpinning knowledge required.

You will also be provided with a Training Officer who will oversee your training at work and during your college training sessions. Your Training Officer will visit you at least once every three months to review your progress and help you with any problems you might have.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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