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Graphic Design Level 3 Applied

Level 3 Applied Courses

This highly creative subject develops your visual art and design-based skills, and extends them within a digital setting.

You will develop a wide range of practical skills leading to the creation of exciting design outcomes, such as magazine layouts, digital illustrations, logo designs and advertising materials, allowing you to produce a diverse portfolio of professional quality design work. You will also have the opportunity to see your designs come to life on physical products such as clothing, skateboards, book covers and packaging.

You will be taught by practising graphic designers and Illustrators, who can give you a real insight into the creative industries

This is an Extended Certificate (60 credits) equivalent to one A Level. 


Course Content

You will work in our high-tech digital Mac suites, using professional grade equipment and software such as drawing tablets and the Adobe Suite, giving you the opportunity to gain sort-after software skills and develop an experimental and diverse portfolio.

You will also have opportunities to learn how to work with clients, create effective presentations and to successfully work to a client brief. You will be taught by practising graphic designers and Illustrators, who can give you a real insight into the creative industries.

You can also take up exciting opportunities to work on live design briefs such as designing advertising materials for the Police and t-shirts for Strawberry fair, giving you unmissable opportunities to work with real clients.


  • 100% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR

Special Features

Each year we run a range of exciting competition briefs giving students the chance to work with real clients on live briefs. Clients include Addenbrookes Hospital, Strawberry Fair, Costello Medical, Bag and Bones Neon lights, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridge Folk Festival and more!

We also offer chances to win exciting work experiences opportunities with placements being offered from companies such as Costello Medical, PENNA and Cambridge University Press.

Throughout the course opportunities to go on trips to Exhibitions in London are regular with trips to the Design Museum and The New designers Show in London taking place most years.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Art, GCSE DT, GCSE Media, GCSE Photography, or equivalent, if taken.
  • If students have not studied a GCSE subject listed above they should bring a creative portfolio to their Advice and Guidance Meeting.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The Graphic Design Level 3 Diploma will enable you to gain progression within the design field, entry to a Level 4 Foundation course in Art and Design and also entry to a
degree level course in Graphic Design.

Students who recently completed their course have secured places at a range of university’s; Cental St Martins, Norwich University of the Arts, Nottingham Trent, Loughborough University, and Falmouth School of Art. In subjects such as Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Photography and Interior Architecture.

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