Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

GCSE Graphic Communication

Curriculum Intent

At Windsor Academy Trust our curriculum exists to ensure all students regardless of background and ability can aspire to ‘unlock their academic and personal potential’. It empowers and equips students with the knowledge, character virtues and learning skills required to thrive in learning and in life.

Course description

Exam Board: AQA

This is a really exciting opportunity to choose the popular GCSE, ‘Graphic Communication course. This GCSE is for those students that love to  experiment with different media such as Photoshop and digital drawing. You choose the projects and themes that will help you work on your strength. You will be taught mixed media skills including Photoshop that will set you up for continuing this type of work into further education. This GCSE is classed as one full GCSE.


The course consists of:
Two coursework projects - worth 60% of the GCSE grade.
One exam preparation folder and final exam piece worth 40% of the GCSE grade.

Key skills

You will develop the following key skills:

  • ICT Skills – Photoshop
  • Creative and experimental skills
  • Problem-solving techniques
  • How to work independently
  • Working with mixed-media
  • Researching and developing
  • Modifying and editing skills
  • Confidence and self-awareness
  • Working with a range of materials and techniques

Where can it take me?

A Level Graphic Communication is available to study at Windsor Sixth Form. This links in perfectly with the GCSE course offered.

Career Route/Courses: A Level Graphic Design, A Level 3D Design, A Level Art and Design, HND in Interior Design/Product Design, A Level Art, Design and Media Foundation Studies.

Graphic Design leading to a career in: 3D design, architecture, fashion, film and animation, magazine designer, product design manager, interior
designer, teacher.

Further information

Please contact: Mrs K Clifford - Curriculum Leader of Graphic Communication

Useful Website

Key Stage 4 Graphic Communication Curriculum Plan

GCSE Graphic Communication - Subject Course Overview