St. Mary's

Graphic Design

Assessment Structure

Non-exam Assessment – 60%
Externally set, internally marked, externally moderated
Examined Assessment – 40%
Externally set and externally marked

Course Description

This qualification aims to focus on the study of the graphic design sector, offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge and to provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills. This qualification focuses on an applied study of graphic design and learners will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of working in the sector. 

Areas of Study and Skills

Understanding the components of graphic design, typography, work of graphic designers, logo and branding, requirements of a graphic design brief, planning, development and experimentation, graphic design production and displaying, presenting and promoting graphic design work. Learners will develop skills in the following areas: developing their own ideas and adapting a response to feedback, problem solving, planning, evaluating their own work, independent learning, professional behaviours, working to deadlines, entrepreneurial skills, self-promotion and communication skills.

Future Opportunities

Following a VCert in Graphic Design can lead to A Level Art and Design courses such as Graphic Communication, Fine Art and Photography in our Sixth Form which then allows entrance to University degree courses. Further Education and career opportunities include architecture, advertising, animation, computer design and manufacturing, graphic design, illustration, media studies, photography, product designer, teaching, packaging development, manufacturing and many other options.