Graphics GCSE




Course Description

Graphics has a profound impact on the way we live our lives. This course will encourage you to explore different forms and processes and communicate using a variety of traditional and modern techniques to produce creative graphic outcomes.

By the end of the course you will be able to explore, understand and apply visual language and terminology to a variety of tasks such as poster design, visuals for promotion/advertising and illustration.

Unit 1 – Coursework Portfolio (60% of the A Level grade) 

  • Digital skills using Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
  • A range of hand rendered and print making activities
  • Basic photography skills with studio and external photo shoots
  • Exploration and analysis of artists work
  • Use of sketchbook to record creative ideas

Unit 2 – Controlled Assignment (40% of the A Level grade) 

  • Final major project responding to set titles
    10 hour exam 

One year

Using graphical, media and photographic techniques and processes to make images 

Exploration of graphic design to combine traditional and modern techniques  
Traditional and digital recording and manipulation of imagery using a range of industry standard software.

Combine with GCSE Photography and other Level 2 courses.

  • Access to Mac suite, a well-resourced darkroom and art room in your independent study time
  • Opportunities for London visits to see Art, Design and Cultural Studies and other relevant exhibitions 

A-Level Graphic Design, A-Level Photography, A-Level Film and Digital Arts other Creative Level 3 courses.

Five GCSEs at Grade 2 or above.

If you have not yet gained Grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths, this will form part of your course.

Units are assessed through Portfolio (Unit 1 – 60% of grade) and Externally Set Task (40% of grade).

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