Course Assessment

  • Unit 1 – 60% of total qualification.  Coursework portfolio compiled through school-set projects
  • Unit 2 – 40% of total qualification.  Project set externally by Edexcel

The units are made up of four objectives each weighted 25%.  These include developing ideas, exploring processes and techniques, recording information and producing a final piece.  Both units are marked by the student’s teacher in school. The work is then exhibited and moderated by the exam board.

What We Study

Graphic Communication introduces students to a visual way of conveying information, ideas and emotions, using a range of graphic media, processes, techniques and elements such as colour, icons, images, typography and photographs. Students will conduct investigations during their design development, and explore traditional and/or new technologies. These might include drawing, printmaking, illustration and various digital design suites.

They will consider the use of signs and symbols and the balance between aesthetic and commercial Graphic work. Students will also understand that Graphic Design practitioners may work within a small team environment or work as freelance practitioners. They may be responsible for a particular aspect of the design or production process for the entire design cycle.

Students must demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas of Graphic Design:

  • Advertising
  • Communication graphics
  • Design for print
  • Illustration
  • Package Design
  • Typography

Drawing in Graphic Communication is inherent in the process from initial idea to final product. Students will work in a sketchbook or on portfolio sheets developing designs and drawings by hand. They will be encouraged to explore and experiment with a range of graphics materials learning new processes and techniques.

Course Leader: Ms J Mahoney