Graphic Design & Communication

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Graphic Design and Communication is all about creatively designing high quality outcomes to a range of design briefs and in a range of different contexts.

Outcomes could be book covers, posters, CD covers, etc and are developed following the design process as you move from concepts to final developed designs.

Mrs Mottley,
Head of Art and Design Faculty: [email protected]

“I am pleased I chose to study Graphics at Dereham Sixth Form College – it is something I enjoy and wish to pursue as a career. I have learnt a great deal in the short space of time I have been here and am consistently pushed to produce my best work. I particularly enjoyed the smaller projects I completed at the start of Year 12 as they allowed me to explore a range of techniques for producing work. If I could change anything I would have been more adventurous with my work, taking risks and accepting challenges.” (Ellie)

The Course
Graphics can be an excellent subject to study alongside both Photography and art subjects. It develops skills such as creativity, analysis and creative use of ICT. This makes it an excellent subject when applying to university and people with an A Level in Graphics have gone on to study a wide range of subjects – Advertising, Design, Photography and many more. Graphics has been one of the highest attaining courses at the College in recent years. This is a reflection of the quality of teaching and excellent support for students.

We follow the Eduqas (part of WJEC) specification.


Year 1

Component One: workshop activities followed by a themed project based mainly on taught elements and developing ideas.


Year 2

Component One (continued): personal investigation. A practical unit of work with a written investigation between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
Component Two: controlled assessment – preparation and final piece. A 15 hour supervised period in which you are expected to fully realise your ideas.

Both components are centre-assessed and moderated by Eduqas. You will be expected to demonstrate a response to all of the assessment objectives.

Entry Requirements
Minimum 64444 including 6 in GCSE Art.