Graphic Communication

Awarding body: Edexcel

Art endorsed – Graphic Communication AS/A2

Course content and examination requirements:

The Edexcel GCE course in Graphic Communication is designed to encourage students to take an adventurous and experimental approach to design.

Successful students will be able to demonstrate an ability to convey information and ideas by visual means. Work is often realised in a two-dimensional form but carries the illusion of three dimensions through the manipulation of images and words.

In the context of this specification disciplines will include advertising, illustration, packaging, typography and interactive media. Students will be required to work on one or more of these disciplines.

Year 12 - AS Units

Unit 1 is worth 60% of the total AS marks.  It is internally set, internally marked and externally moderated.  In this unit students will have the opportunity to generate practical work, ideas inspired by primary, secondary and contextual sources.

Unit 2 is worth 40% of the total AS marks.  It is an externally set assignment which is internally marked and externally moderated.  The 10 hour paper represents the culmination of the AS course and consists of one broad based thematic starting point.

Year 12-13 - A2 Units

Unit 1 is worth 60% of the total A2 marks.  It is internally set, internally marked and externally moderated.  In this unit students will have the opportunity to generate practical work, ideas inspired by primary, secondary and contextual sources based on a personal theme and a Personal Study.

Unit 2 is worth 40% of the total A2 marks

It is an externally set assignment which is internally marked and externally moderated.  The 15 hour paper represents the culmination of the A level course and consists of one broad based thematic starting point.

The Personal Study consists of a study of 1000-3000 word based on each student’s personal theme.

New Specification:

The new specification starting in 2015 enables the students to choose to take either an AS, as a one year course or an A level over two years with one ESA (Externally Set Assignment)  in 2017. Any work submitted for an AS cannot be submitted for the A2, so we are not offering the option to do both.

Entry requirements:

The minimum requirement is Grade A in GCSE Art.

In order to succeed, a student must have a genuine interest in Graphic Design and Illustration, while also having the motivation for independent study.

The students are required to sit an 8 hour examination at Advanced Subsidiary and a 12 hour examination at A2 level.

The theme of the A Level Examination will be the same as the Art and Design.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

Many students who take Graphic Communication are preparing for a career in Art and Design and go on to Art Colleges, initially a Foundation Art course and then a specialist degree, but many others combine Art subjects with A Levels in English Literature, Humanities or even Sciences. 

As well as Graphic Design, students can pursue courses and careers in Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Public Art, Jewellery Making, Ceramics, Textile Design, Surface Design, Architecture, Photography,  Advertising and Animation. Graphic Design A Level can provide a gateway into a structured commercial career.

Teaching staff / further information:

Ms M Hayward-Smith

Mrs M Maunder