Graphic Communications

For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.

Welcome to the

Graphic Communications Department

Our Vision

The Graphics courses covers a range of activities and you will have the opportunity to experiment with different media such as drawing, painting, printing and photography in order to produce Graphics products based, branding, book and magazine illustration and more importantly investigating letter design through typography.

Graphics is only taught in year 8 on one rotation and students can opt to continue with it in years 9-11. Students will already have some experience of using the materials and processes, together with some knowledge of contemporary and historical art and design.

The main aim of Graphics is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the written word and visual language and how this impacts everyone one living in our modern world.

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Design is taught for 4 lesson over two weeks in year 7. During this time students study Art, Textiles, food and Product Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.

In Year 8 students study Art, Textiles, food, Graphics and Product Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.

At the end of year 8 students have the option to continue studying any of the 5 design subjects further for year 9,10 and 11.

In Year 9 is a skills year where students continue to study the option of their choice. This year is a skills year to develop students practical skills to ensure they can be successful when they start the GCSE controlled assessment in year 10 and 11.

Years 9 – 11 (KS4)

Exam Board

In Key Stage 4 students follow Edexcel’s “Art & Design: Graphic” syllabus.

Art and Design (2016) – 1GC0


This course consists of two components:

  • Personal Portfolio (60%)
    • Students create a personal portfolio of work comprising:
      • supporting studies
      • personal response(s).
    • Internally assessed and externally moderated
  • Externally set assignment (40%)
    • Externally set broad-based thematic starting point released on 2 January.
    • A centre-devised preparatory study period followed by a 10-hour sustained focus period in which students create personal response(s).
    • Students’ work must comprise:
      • preparatory studies
      • personal response(s).
    • Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

All students have the right to express and explore their creativity and are entitled to:

  • A positive, safe, learning environment that encourages the development of Design skills and the sharing of work within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility.
  • Be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own development and take risks.
  • Experience well planned lessons which challenge them, provide clear assessment and regular Design opportunities whilst reflecting upon their own learning and development.
  • A personalised and independent creative journey in which they are able to learn from their mistakes and challenge ideas.
  • To experience a range of materials, techniques and Design practises to create ‘real’ outcomes.

Design enables pupils to:

  • Explore and develop confidence and self-esteem.
  • Investigate ideas and record from reality.
  • Develop higher thinking skills.
  • Critique evaluate and adapt.
  • Learn from the work of others to be able to explore and develop own ideas.
  • Communicate through many different forms.
  • Encourage creativity through tangible outcomes.
  • Link into the world and community.
  • Take responsibility for their own work, be able to take risks and be able to fail in a safe environment.
  • Be involved in a creative process.
  • Have a spectrum of experiences across all Design fields.
  • To be able to develop literacy and numeracy within Design lessons in a practical environment.