The NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphics encourages students to become skilled visual communicators and provides the opportunity to work on project briefs that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions using a variety of media.
From Year 7, the course aims to introduce students to the fundamental components of graphic design. It covers a wide range of topics such as typography, advertising, branding and packaging.
They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, English, ICT and Art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable young designers. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Pupils are taught up to Year 8 where they have a choice to opt for the subject at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
Students are assessed through a series of four units that are worth 50% of their final mark. This will test their abilities to design products suitable for the task, organise their time and equipment effectively, demonstrate a variety of skills and produce work to a high standard.
The students will also sit an externally set 10-hour exam worth 50% of their overall mark.