Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 3 Full-Time Hartlepool Sixth Form A-Levels
Level 3 Hartlepool Sixth Form A-Levels

What’s it all about?

Graphic Design is a hands-on practical course which builds industry skills to prepare you for a career in the creative industry. Whilst studying the course you will be introduced to a range of resources and techniques, both hands-on as well as digital.

You will be assigned a number of briefs and work with real life clients to gain an authentic feel of working within a design studio. Past briefs have included design for the music industry, working to promote a clothing range and publicising local and national events.

If you are a creative thinker, enjoy using a range of artistic materials and work well to a brief, BTEC Graphics would be an ideal course for you. Over the first term you will be introduced to elements of illustration, photography, collage, typography, print making, PhotoShop and image manipulation. You will then be expected to apply these techniques to suit your client’s requirements when working towards brief deadlines.

The course allows you to gain first-hand experience of working within a creative environment and develop your overall artistic skills.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, Including English and an Art based subject.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

This is a full time course delivered Mon - Friday. You will be given your timetable at the start of term.

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.