Graphics KS5


This is a practical and flexible course where students have a variety of experiences exploring a range of 2D and 3D media, processes and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to attend an international study trip as a basis for their personal study and work with museums and professionals from the design industry.

Every year the department takes students to the UCAS ‘create your future’ event, where students are able to gain insight into course, apprenticeships and careers within the ever expanding creative industry.

Students produce practical and contextual work in one or more areas including illustration, advertising, exhibition graphics, packaging design, design for print, communication graphics, computer graphics, multimedia, and printmaking. The course starts with skills based projects, where students gain experience of working with Adobe Creative Suit – Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator as well as traditional graphic techniques.

Students will need a GCSE grade 6 and above in Graphic communication or another design based subject. A portfolio may be accepted in some cases.


Students with a 7 or above in Graphic Communication or a similar subject such as Art and Design will get priority in event of the course being oversubscribed. A level 6 or above in English would also be advantageous.



Year 12
A Level
Skills based learning year. Students will complete a series of short projects developing the required knowledge and understanding needed for a career in the various fields within Graphic Design. Those with outstanding work may be entered for an additional Level 3 BTEC Diploma.

Year 13
A Level
UNIT 1: Coursework Portfolio-Personal investigation with accompanying essay (60%)
UNIT 2: 15 hour practical exam based on a theme from the exam board at the end of a 12 week preparatory period (40%).

Careers such as architect, animator, cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, web design, game art worker, printer, sign writer, advertising, visual effects, packaging designer, typographer, magazine layout, and any profession which involves independent research, creative and innovative thinking. The course also focuses on working to briefs and specifications, time management and meeting deadlines – all essential qualities for those seeking a career in the creative industries.

Graphics Power Point