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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%pass rate

Graphic Communication encourages free expression and is about communicating and expressing information in a visual, creative and exciting way. The course focuses on the relationship between typography and image, leading to a broad range of Graphic Design outcomes. 

The specification studied is the OCR Art & Design (Graphic Communication). It may be taken alongside Photography, and Design: Art, Craft and Design and Textile Design.

Entry Requirements

You will be asked to do an assignment before starting the course, this must be completed before enrolment.  Plenty of advice will be given and no specialist equipment is necessary.



Graphic Communication & Photography Open Event Presentation

Course Content

This is a two-year course. Students are assessed on the following two units at the end of the second year.

Unit One

Personal Investigation

60% of A-level

Unit Two

Externally Set Task 

40% of A-level

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.

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

Creative Arts Students Discuss the Annual Art Exhibition


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.


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.

Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including a grade 4 in English Language or English Literature, a GCSE Art subject is desirable. You will be asked to do an assignment before starting the course, this must be completed before enrolment. Plenty of advice will be given and no specialist equipment is necessary.


Trips and visiting speakers are organised throughout the year in order to inspire students and give them a broader understanding of Graphic Communication. These will come at a variable cost but we will always keep costs down wherever we can.

Additional information

Graphic communication year 1 - No kit
Graphic communication year 2 - No kit

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