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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in graphic design. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

This course is designed to develop your skills and give you an understanding of the wide range of opportunities offered by the commercial graphic design sector. You will develop your skills and understanding of commercial design work though a broad range of practical projects which will equip you with the knowledge to progress to in the design sector to university or in industry.

Who is this programme for?

The course is for any students with an interest and passion for any form of design such as: branding, advertising, print design, packaging, web design, promotion and more.

What will I study?

Throughout the 18 units of the course you will learn about the wide range of opportunities in graphic design and study both the technical and theoretical skills needed to work in the design industry.  

The first year focuses on developing your technical skills and understanding of design theory with the second year units becoming more specialised. The projects you will have are created to reflect the kind of work you would encounter in industry. There are also a range of client briefs undertaken throughout the course.


At the start of the course you will purchase a graphics equipment pack which will provide you with the bulk of the materials you will need, in addition to this you will need to purchase print credit and materials for mounting final work as needed.

Throughout the year there will be trips to galleries and exhibitions and you will need to contribute to the cost of these.

Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You  will be taught through a range of different methods depending upon the unit and subject as we recognise that different methods will suit different students  including: workshops, traditional lessons, group projects as well as critique and review sessions.

What modules are covered?

The first year of the course is designed to develop your general graphic design understanding and software knowledge and modules will include

  • Typography and layout
  • Visual Communication
  • Graphic design for print
  • Software Skills
  •  Drawing development

The second year is more specialised, and will allow you the scope to expand and develop your skills in areas such as

  • Advertising Design
  • Infographics
  • Web Design
  • Preparation for industry
  • Branding

You will also produce a major project where you are able to develop and create your own brief.


How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through practical assignments which cover a  variety of industry related projects and is delivered by specialist lecturers who seek to help students achieve their potential in a friendly supportive environment.

View a range of creative work

Visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/portfolios to see examples of students' work across all of our creative subjects. 

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What Next?

Upon satisfactory completion of the course you could progress onto a degree such as the BA (Hons) Graphic Design taught here and at other universities, or start work in the Graphic Design industry.

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Entry Requirements

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a range of practical assignments throughout each year which will all contribute to your overall grade.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English, maths and art GCSEs at 9-4
  • You will also need a portfolio of work to show your creative ability

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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I looked at different colleges and the course here looked really in-depth for what I wanted to do in Graphic Design. I love my course as it’s so diverse in terms of what we learn and the experience we gain. We recently did a project on book and comic book illustrations which really appealed to my interests.

The teachers are knowledgeable, always helpful and really supportive. All of the software on the Macs is up-to-date and there’s a lot of software and technology we use that I’ve never considered using before. The course is so diverse, you don’t just focus on typography or web design, you get a taste of everything and as a result of that most people can find the area that they enjoy.


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