A Level Graphic Design and Illustration Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

This is an exciting, practical course. You will have the opportunity to look at advertising and packaging, typography, animation, illustration and computer graphics. You will experience real ‘live’ commissions and competitions from external clients.

Topics in Year One include: Practical responses based on the work of other artists and themes; Externally set task where you will respond to set questions in your preferred art discipline

Topics in Year Two include: Personal Practical Investigation; Personal Written Response; Externally Set Task.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 hours per week (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at a grade 4/C or above, including English Language and preferably an Art or DT subject OR an art portfolio.

Where next?

Graphic Design can lead you to a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, HND Textiles, and a degree in any art and design specialism. There are a range of careers, including graphic design, packaging design, illustration, publishing, web design, UI design, visual marketing, advertising, textile and fashion design, fine art, animation, interior design, etc.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. E.g. live client briefs, competitions, exhibitions, visiting speakers etc. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help you.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be asked to contribute £40 towards additional studio costs. Students are required to have a small art kit available.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: daniel.hazelton@newcollege.ac.uk


For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk