Course Content

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of graphic communication, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • Interactive media (including web, app and game design)
  • Advertising
  • Packaging design
  • Design for print
  • Illustration
  • Communication graphics
  • Branding
  • Multimedia
  • Motion graphics
  • Design for film and television

There is synoptic assessment in both components of the A-level that provide stretch and challenge opportunities for students as follows:

Component 1

Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.

Component 2

Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Assessment Objectives (AOs)Component 1 Weightings (%)Component 2 Weightings (%)Overall Weightings of AOs (%)
Overall Weightings60%40%

Key Info

  • Start Date: September 2024
  • Awarding Body: AQA
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Course Length: 2 Years

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