Course Title AS/A Level Graphic Communication
Level: 3
Code MS009

Overview of the Course

In both AS and A Level Graphic Communication you will explore a range of graphic design areas including: promotion, design and layout, image-making, typography and package design. We have excellent studio facilities in addition to industry standard Apple Mac suites and software for digital editing. You will also have the chance to visit galleries.

What are the career opportunities?

Successful completion of this subject can lead to a Foundation course in Art and Design or a degree level course. On completion of an appropriate Art Degree you could pursue a career in the following areas: Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Promotion, Marketing, Teaching and Freelance Designer.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5. In addition to these entry requirements, you must also have a 9-4 (A*-C) in an Art or a Design subject or a portfolio of your own work for discretionary approval. A grade 9-5 (A*-C) is also required in English. Students who have not previously had the opportunity to study an Art and Design subject can be assessed for entry at the interview stage through the presentation of examples of their own artwork for negotiation.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The A Level Study Programme is for usually two years and starts in September of each year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete two coursework components in each year. Component 1 runs from September to January and is worth 60% of your final mark. Component 2 runs from February to May and is worth 40% of your final mark. The Components are very practical in nature and are wholly coursework based, although for Component 2, you will complete your final visual developments and outcomes under exam conditions for 10 hours (AS Level – Year 1) and 15 hours (A Level – Year 2). Coursework is assessed by staff at regular intervals throughout the year and the final submissions are externally moderated by the exam board.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will develop a range of transferable skills including IT skills, communication and numeracy. Technical skills will be developed through your coursework, alongside research skills and the ability to evaluate and discuss your work. Wider skills such as time-management, independent study, organisation and working to deadlines are an integral part of the course.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. When appropriate, guest speakers are invited and trips to Art galleries are organised. Local photography trips are also organised for gathering images for your projects. Higher Education conventions are also recommended for you to attend.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

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