Course Overview

The Graphic Communication course at Cadbury College allows you to explore digital imaging, typography, illustration and photography as well as industry standard printing techniques and processes. There is also a small focus on drawing and painting from observation using traditional techniques. Students will also develop visual research skills and explore the design idea process. The emphasis is building your creativity and conceptual thinking skills using a wide range of materials, techniques and processes.

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4).
  • GCSE English at grade 4.
  • An associated Art & Design subject at grade 4.

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Graphics A-Level enables progression on to a number of degree courses at university within the field including Web Design, Interior Design, Visual Communications and Photography. It also leads to a number of careers including Animator, Web Designer, Games Designer, Typographer, Packaging Designer, Furniture Design, Editorial Design, Exhibition Design, Illustrator and Advertising.


Course Outline

Personal Investigation – 60%
External Assignment – 40%

The coursework for this course consists of a Personal Investigation into a certain theme or title chosen by the course tutor. There is also a written element of 1000 words, which must clearly relate to a practical and theoretical work. 

The second component of this course comprises of two major elements:
Preparatory Studies and a 15 hour practical exam. The externally set assignment consists of a series of visual and written stimuli, presented by the Awarding Body. Your task would be to select one of these titles and use it as a starting point, responding in a very personal way, developing a portfolio of practical work and a final piece/outcome.

Exam Board

Kaia Bashir

"I enjoyed working in graphics and developing and learning new techniques on various different software, such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. I feel the help and support given by the teachers means I'm able to get through the course and pass with a successful grade"

Kaia Bashir

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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