Graphic Communication

Why study A level Graphic Communication?
The A Level in Graphic Communication enables students to develop a wide range of skills and techniques, together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Art, Craft and Design. Sessions are delivered in a ‘workshop’ style, encouraging students to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding.

The Graphic Communication specification directly supports progression to further and higher education in “Graphic” related subjects, as well as providing all students with a platform to inspire a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, graphic communication in its many forms. The course in Graphic Communication offers logical progression from GCSE as the assessment objectives, structure and titles are very similar to those specified in the AQA GCSE Art Graphics specification.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?
Whether you love painting, drawing, photography, graphic design or any other art-related endorsement, career options are limited only by your imagination. Graphic/art education propels people towards creative and unexpected destinations. The creative industries is one of the fastest growing in the UK and therefore offers design students a wide range of opportunities to select a creative pathway. Graphic Communication is under-pinned by the capacity to innovate, to develop lateral thinking skills, to problem-solve through creative investigation, to communicate and collaborate. So whether you are interested in becoming a web designer, illustrator, surface pattern designer, brand developer, venture into marketing and advertising or even an app designer….the creative skills and visual language you will acquire on the Graphic Communication course will help with future studies and your chosen career path.


Key Information Summary:

Course Title Graphic Communication
Examination Board AQA
Linear Qualification? Yes
Course Webpage
Entry Requirements Grade C in GCSE Product Design, Textiles or grade 5 in Art
Contact Teachers Mrs. N Firth (Curriculum Team Leader)

Course Details:

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. Students will explore the use of drawing and mark-making for different purposes; using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will present work in sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.  This will be integral to the investigating, developing and making processes.  Students’ responses to these examples will be evidenced through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.  Students’ will be encouraged to develop more autonomy and higher level thinking skills as knowledge and confidence increase over the course of study.

Subject Content:

A broad-based course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media associated with two or more skill areas such as Fine Art, Photography, Three-Dimensional Design or Graphic Communication.


Assessment details:

A Level – 2 Year Course

Component 1: Personal Investigation

·         No time limit
·         96 marks
·         60% of A Level

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2: Externally Set Task

·         Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
·         96 marks
·         40% of A Level

Question papers (8 starting points) set by AQA and released to students on or after 1st February

*Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre in June of the examination year.