Graphics & Illustration A Level

Sixth Form

Date (from)


Awarding body


Full Time - September 2024



Course introduction

Do you have artistic vision, creative flair and an eye for design detail?

Perhaps you have always wanted to be an influential designer, producing sleek graphics that really speak to people.

If this sounds like you, then this study opportunity could be your next significant step forward.

Whether you are interested in fine art and illustration, or computer aided design, this course aims to develop your creative skills.

With continued hard work and dedication you could gain access to a creative industry like animation, film & TV, advertising & publishing, creative marketing, fashion, fine art & illustration, gaming, interior design and architecture where you can lay the foundations for a successful career.

Why choose Brock for Graphics & Illustration A Level?

At Brock we give you access to two very different graphic design suites – one for digital design and one for traditional design.

Each year we run trips to UK universities and international locations. Recent destinations have included Hollywood, Prague and Iceland.

All our Graphics teachers are experienced designers with contacts in both industry and higher education.

Teaching & learning

To enable you to work at your own pace we have created a range of videos on how to use design software. You can access these through the eBrock portal.

You will also learn by participating in creative workshops that cover areas like mono printing, screen-printing, block printing and typography.

In addition, your teachers will encourage you to use social media, as well as college facilities, for visual and annotated research.

Course structure

  • Benefit from specialist tutors who will help you develop your computer aided design skills using raster and vector based programs.
  • Learn using interactive online tutorials to develop skills and techniques specific to the tasks set in your coursework project.
  • Develop research skills by exploring the work of different artists, illustrators, graphic designers, animators, character artists, pattern designers, concept artists and photographers.
  • Investigate different means of visual representation including relief printing, metal and wood block typography printing, digital imagery and combined mixed media.
  • Improve your visual communication and analyse applications for it across different creative industry sectors.
  • Receive the encouragement you need to express yourself fully within areas and disciplines of your choice.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above with a minimum average GCSE score of 4.0, including:

  • Art and Design or Graphic Design or another art-related subject is essential. On rare occasions, we will take on a student without a creative GCSE subject by looking at a portfolio of art, photography and design work.
  • English Language 
  • Maths

Information & support

A studio fee of £30 per year is required to cover the cost of some of the materials used in the studio. The course provides basic materials to introduce processes and techniques.

What can I do with this qualification?

By achieving success in A Level Graphics & Illustration you will leave college with an extensive design portfolio that could open doors to a top university or sought-after apprenticeship.

A strong design portfolio can also help you secure work experience opportunities with top employers.

Furthermore, you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to accept freelance assignments – something that will undoubtedly strengthen your credentials.

Finally, you will have increased awareness to continue developing your own unique style or styles.

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  • Brock has been absolutely brilliant in preparing me for my future, I feel happy and confident. My tutors are all so supportive and there is a really friendly atmosphere.

    Emily Smith

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