Graphic Communication has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.
  • GCSE Art at grade 4 is desirable but NOT essential, or portfolio of work to be provided



Exam board: OCR

100%100% pass rate. Graphic Communication exceeded the national average for high pass rates and 16% gained A*.

This course is designed for creative arts students who are interested in branding, typography, advertising and visual culture. Students will use both practical and digital process to create a range of products including book covers, posters and packaging. It may be taken alongside Fine Art, Textile Design, Product Design or Photography.

Connor Cox

Connor Cox

A-level Study

Year 1 In the first year, students following the course explore graphic design in its widest sense, through coursework projects and theoretical knowledge.  Subjects covered include typography, advertising, packaging, illustration and photography. The use of computer software is included in the course, alongside more traditional skills, such as observational drawing and printmaking to produce effective Graphic Design solutions.

 Year 2 In the second year students will choose their own areas of study and will set their own design briefs building upon the knowledge and skills that they have learnt in the first year. The work is much more independent with advice and guidance from the staff. Students are also required to produce a written study about an artist or designer as part of their Personal Investigation


Methods of Teaching and Learning

Lessons are predominately practically based giving students the opportunity to develop their own independent styles of working. Demonstrations, tutorials, workshops and visiting guest speakers will support and enhance the student knowledge and understanding.  In their first year students are given a thorough grounding in core skills through experimentation in a wide variety of media. In the second year students work and develop their own projects, ideas and specialisms. A minimum of 4.5 hours private study per week is required.

It is essential that students are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised. 

Meet the Creative Arts teachers and students


The Curriculum Area consists of seven studios/work areas situated in a custom-built Creative Arts Complex.  The main areas catered for are: Printmaking, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Textiles & Graphics.

Access to the internet and Adobe Photoshop at home would be advantageous.


Graphic Communication A-level provides a sound basis if you wish to proceed to Higher Education, as well as being a useful background to a career within the Art field.


The cost of all trips will be your responsibility. A studio kit fee is required for all art courses. You are expected to have funds to cover additional equipment and printing costs as directed by their individual project requirements Financial assistance is available if required.

Course information letter & how to order studio kits

Studio kit information

Creative Arts Students Discuss the Annual Art Exhibition