When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

Are you passionate about art and design? Would you like to develop a working knowledge of graphic design? This course explores the methods, materials and technologies of graphic design. It encourages you to appreciate the visual world, and enables you to respond creatively within a design context.

The course is suitable for people who want to work in commercial and professional design, as well as those who want to explore innovative methods or ideas. You will accumulate a range of practical skills, whilst learning to transform your ideas into a finished project. You will also develop experimental, analytical and documenting skills, helping you to evolve as both an artist and a viewer.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English or Welsh (1st language)
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Theoretical learning
  • Practical work
  • Visits to local, national and international galleries
  • Virtual Learning Environment (MOODLE)

Assessment:

In the first year, to achieve the AS level, you will complete a single coursework unit equating to 40% of the full A Level. This is assessed via a blend of interim assessment and feedback, with final external moderation taking place at the end of the AS year.

In the second year, to achieve the full A Level, you will also complete a 'Personal Investigation' plus 'Externally Set Assignment' which together will equate to 60% of the full A Level.

Progression:

Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions.

If you choose to continue your studies in this subject, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offers a Diploma in Foundation Studies: Art and Design, as a bridge to Higher Education both internally and externally.

The Grŵp also offers the following degree courses:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Art and Design 
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Photography 
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art 

Your career options would include working independently as a designer or artist, as well as entering employment in the creative industries: for example, in advertising, web design, TV, film, publishing, illustration, animation or product design.

Other possible career opportunities include education, gallery or museum work, theatre or festival related work, archive work or work within the print industry.