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Graphic Communication A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

Graphic communication conveys information and ideas through visual means. The critical element for a graphic designer is the effective communication of a message or idea through the organisation of images and words. Graphic designers need to understand user and audience needs and how these groups respond to various forms of visual communication.

Course content

For the purposes of this qualification, graphic communication is sub-divided into the following four disciplines:

  • Advertising
  • Illustration
  • Branding
  • Information design

Students will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate their ideas.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A* - C grade, including Art and Design or Graphics. Students who do not have Art and Design or Graphics GCSE will be invited to college to do a short practical task before being accepted on the course.


There are two parts to the A Level.

Component 1 Personal Investigation

This component incorporates three major elements:

  • • Supporting studies
  • • Practical work
  • • Personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment

The exam board set theme is distributed in February, you will have 8 weeks to investigate, develop and plan your response to the theme. You then have 15 hours to produce a personal outcome.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year with written and verbal feedback given. At the end of the course both components are internally marked and externally moderated.

All work is assessed with reference to the four exam board set criteria:

  • Develop ideas
  • Explore media
  • Research record analyse review
  • Present outcomes

Future opportunities

Many students go on to an Art Foundation course. This is a general diagnostic year that allows students to try all Art and Design specialisms before going on to an higher education course. Some universities will accept students onto a Design degree with A levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete the Foundation year.

Career opportunities exist in graphic design, illustration, publishing, digital marketing, Branding, creative direction, styling, company identity, interior design, web design, advertising, animation, and teaching.

Students can go on to work for companies or as freelance designers.

Graphic Communication A Level can also accompany other subjects and contribute a qualification to unrelated higher education applications and career paths.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016
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