BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Graphics


This practical course has an emphasis on visual communciation skills and the exploration of media.  It promotes an experimental approach and the development of creative and innovative methods of expressing personal design concepts.

The course is suitable for students who wish to explore the types of Graphics used in all creative branches of the Design and Advertising industries.

Take a look at some students' work in the Graphic Design Photo Gallery.

Each summer, upper sixth students have the opportunity to see their work exhibited in the College's annual Art & Design Summer Exhibition.

What goes well with this course?

Graphics goes well with the majority of subjects, especially other creative subjects such as Art & Design (Fine Art), Photography, Media and Film.

Advanced (Level 3) courses in Art, Photography and Graphics involve a high level of practical work, including intensive projects that need to be completed outside College. Although the three subjects complement each other, students are not allowed to take more than two because of the expected workload.


Many students go on to take a one year foundation course at an Art College, or enrol directly on to a degree course in the area of design they want to specialise in, including Graphic Design, Advertising or Architecture. Students can also progress to careers in all areas of print and digital media, from illustrating hand-made books to website design.

Course Content

Students will undertake assignments designed to explore different aspects of Art, Design and Graphics.

Each unit will focus on the skills required for different career pathways within the creative industry, e.g Typography, Printmaking, Drawing, Packaging Design, Advertising, Model Making, Digitial Photography and Photographic Manipulation.

In the spring term of the second year, students will have the opportunity to develop an individual project that will focus on the specialist area they wish to pursue.

There will be opportunities to work on assignments in conjunction with other Art-related departments at Reigate College, as well as regular trips to visit galleries, museums and other inspirational places. 

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Graphics students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included trips to:

  • A variety of galleries
  • New York

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


This course is assessed by coursework.  Students are expected to complete a variety of time-consuming independent assignments outside College.  

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.


Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Grade Grade 4 in GCSE Art or Graphic Design (if taken)

Students without a GCSE Art or Design subject will be considered subject to proof of ability.

Students will need to demonstrate a high level of commitment and interest in Art and Design.  They should have a creative imagination and be able to apply problem solving and creative thinking to Art and Design briefs.

Being organised and meeting deadlines are also critical to success.  Good drawing skills will be beneficial. 

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2019

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2019 application form.

All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Graphics information leaflet.

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