Art & Design: Graphic Communication

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Gr
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A Level Graphic Communication engages students in creative graphic design activities in which they can develop a broad range of design skills in one or more of the following disciplines: 

• Advertising

• Illustration

• Branding

• Information design


The course consists of two main components: 

• Component 1, which makes up 60% of the overall mark and consists of two parts: Personal Investigation (72 marks) and the Personal Study (18 marks). 

• Component 2, which is the Externally Set Assignment, makes up 40% of the overall mark. 

Both components involve creative problem-solving, which requires students to undertake investigative and research work in addition to experimental practical exploration, looking at alternative ways to find a solution to a Graphic communication problem.

Journal work needs to be informed, purposeful and extensive. Students must learn to work with independence; carrying out in-depth research from a range of primary sources, critiquing and refining their experimentation before developing final responses. 

This independent work is demanding so students must be prepared to be hard-working and innovative risk takers.

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

General entry minimum requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 in both English Language and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above.


Art & Design: Graphic Communication - Grade 5 or above in a creative Art & Design subject.

Your next steps...

This course enables students to move on to study Art & Design and principally Graphic Communication. Students taking the course could broaden their Art & Design possibilities by continuing their studies on a Level 3/4 Foundation Course in Art and Design, from which they could go on to study a wider range of Art or Design subjects at degree level.