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Title: Graphic Design

Pathway: Creative & Design

Available Study Options:
Full Time Print

Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Our Graphic Design Courses are at level 2 &3 and see students progress to our Design Apprenticeship or to University to study a Design subject.

The courses prepare you for your steps towards an exciting career in the creative industries as a designer and digital content maker? If you have a keen interest in Graphic Design and an excitement and passion for learning and Creative Digital Media.  This course is ideal for you If so, this is the right course for you. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey towards becoming a Graphic Design professional.  

Creating outcomes for print, web and animation are amongst the many useful skills you will acquire and develop on our Graphics course. 

During your studies, you will carry out your work in our specialist studios developing a range of skills that will provide you with an excellent foundation within the industry, using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere.

You will also learn how to present your completed course work in appropriate formats and develop a digital creative portfolio that will support your future progression to university, employment or an apprenticeship after your course ends.

Modules and Topics

You will study a wide advance a wide range of skills and techniques that you will require as an apprentice designer or to apply to University.  Digital skills are essential and you will  learn the Adobe suite software, but also manual and traditional print methods such as print design and techniques, screen print, lino cut, animation, 3D exploration, typography. You will also refine your Photography skills and at level 2 you will try out video editing, using a camera, advanced Photoshop editing techniques, studio photography. At level 3 you will be critically evaluating, comparing, analysing and researching your design work and of others as part of your project process. Project management and working with Clients from industry also develops your communication and professional skills.  

All students will develop their visual communication skills in drawing for design Mark-making, still life, presentation, painting techniques

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience within your industry and that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with this and our Graphics tutors have excellent industry links with relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks in college, and have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes that you may choose to follow.  

So far, our students have completed work experience developing advertisements, social media marketing, product photography, book design, character design, print design etc. A selection of students have also been hired by an employer after work experience or competition briefs.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continuously assessed to establish what you have learnt from each module and assignment.

To ensure you are ready for a demanding and successful career in the Graphic Design industry, many of your assessments are in line with the industry standards and protocols. This means you may be asked to pitch your ideas, present planning documents that meet professional standards, create outcomes for specific target audiences, or work with an employer to create a solution and outcome for a project.

With each project, you will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence, which is also formally assessed by your tutors at various points throughout the year. Your feedback will be kept on our digital assessment platform at final assessment points. While one to one tutorials will discuss your progress and set you new and stretching targets to ensure you are always aiming high and making good progress.

Your final grade is established through your final major project, where you will use a selection of the skills and techniques that you have learnt, practised and developed on the course, and design & create a Graphics product of your own choosing. This project is examined by external moderators and is exhibited for your peers and tutors to assess.

What will this lead to?

On successful completion of level 1 & 2 you can progress to the next level. Or if you enter at Level 3 you may have the opportunity to apply for advanced apprenticeships, university or full time employment. We also give students the opportunity to progress to our foundation course which develops your portfolio for prestigious applications to the Top Universities.  Possible employment routes include Graphic Designer, Animator, Illustrator, Photographer, Magazine Editor, Website Designer, Print Designer, Games Designer, Creative Director and Games Designer.

Our students who choose to continue their studies at university generally choose higher education courses such as Graphic Design, Fashion Illustration, Illustration, Animation, Media or Architecture.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

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If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

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Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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