Graphics Art & Design A Level

What will I learn?

  • You will be introduced to a wide range of traditional art materials through painting and drawing, and to specialist design software Illustrator and Photoshop
  • You will learn how to work to a tight design brief, with a tight deadline
  • You will learn how to provide evidence of ‘what and why’ you are doing, in an annotated work journal, where you will also experiment practically
  • You will make museum visits and relate these experiences to your own work, recorded in your journal

A Level course:

Unit 1: Art & Design Personal Investigation: explores the relationships between practical ideas and methods with the history of the subject and its professional applications. A written Personal Study exploring an aspect of Graphics that is chosen by the student.

Unit 2: Externally-set Assignment: involves showing evidence of visual language and analytical skills. The submissions include a response to a set theme carried out over a preparation period followed by a 15-hour timed test.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Art or Graphics at Grade 4 or above and English at Grade 4, or a good portfolio/summer task and a GCSE points average above 3.2.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Personal Investigation with Personal Study. A Level weighting 60%
Unit 2: Externally-set assignment: internally marked, externally moderated. A Level weighting 40%

Additional Learning Opportunities

There will be opportunities to visit art galleries and other cultural events. Extra support is available through revision and twilight sessions.

Who is this course aimed at?

Graphics is attractive to students who:

  • have a specific interest in the visual arts
  • wish to have a more applied element to their art;enjoy the challenge of visualising their ideas and feelings using a wide range of media, including computers
  • wish to prepare for study of the subject at a higher level
  • enjoy the challenge of analysing and evaluating design and graphics in the commercial world

What next?

You could gain entry on to a Foundation Course in Art and Design, which leads on to degree courses in the visual arts and applied design subjects. If you study more than one art and design course at A Level you could move directly on to a visual arts degree course.




  • A Level


  • Graphics

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider