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Design: Graphic Communication or 3D Design A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

The design A Level course is a two year linear qualification. Students begin the course at the start of Year 12 and will only gain an A Level qualification at the end of Year 13. Two teachers work with each group, and each shares responsibility for their specialism: graphic communication or 3D design. Students will be led through a structured programme in Year 12 to cover key skills, techniques & processes in their specialist areas, which will ultimately enable students to confidently embark on their exam projects in Year 13 (see table below). Students are expected to take leadership of their work under the careful guidance of their teachers and should develop their work independently outside of the classroom. Progress will be routinely and systematically monitored using four assessment objectives:

  • AO1 Develop their ideas through sustained investigations
  • AO2 Experiment with and select appropriate materials
  • AO3 Record in visual and/or other forms
  • AO4 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response

The externally-set assignment is issued in January of the exam year when preparation work is carried out ready for the exam in June. All preparation work can be taken into the exam room.

Entry requirements

GCSE design and technology or art and design and a genuine interest in design.


A Level Course Content:

  1. Personal investigation
  2. Externally-set assignment

Assessment Method:

  1. Personal investigation
    • No time limit
    • 96 marks
    • 60% of A Level
  2. Externally-set assignment
    • Preparatory period and 15 hours supervised time
    • 96 marks
    • 40% of A Level

Future opportunities

Careers in graphic design, interactive media, illustration, motion graphics, product design, architecture, theatre design, environmental design, interior design, and all forms of craft.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodbridge School directly.

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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