This course will demonstrate how to raise achievement for all students as well as guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* within the A-Level Art and Design Graphic Communication endorsement. By providing tried and tested teaching frameworks, resources and techniques, the course aims to help teachers build a successful learning framework as well as exploring successful methods, ideas and work platforms which will stretch and challenge and motivate students and develop their higher level skills.


  • Take away practical tips and strategies for building your own programme of study for a successful A Level graphics course that will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills.
  • Learn how to structure a successful 2 year course for all abilities to improve retention and raise attainment with A and A* grades.
  • Gain a sound understanding of how to meet the assessment objectives in the A and A* grade range for Graphics students following the AQA A Level specification.
  • Gain a better understanding of how to raise achievement for all abilities in the course
  • Develop your expertise in attaining maximum student grades within each component
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 11 November 2020
  • Heads of Art Craft and Design wanting to develop new or existing Graphic endorsements
  • A Level Graphics Teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 11.00am
Structuring an effective course in relation to the requirements of the specification

  • Core Design skills and the project based approach in year 12
  • Do’s and Don’ts in the first year.
  • Exam board expectations for the A/A* Graphics student
  • Feedback from the 2019 examination series- using this information to improve student performance and understanding within this current series
  • Grades C, A & A*: what are the differences between these?
  • Monitoring and assessing student progress at key points in the course.

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion and coffee Break

11.15 – 12.30am
Enhancing student performance across all abilities

  • Managing the varying skill set in the classroom
  • 10 important things to embed into students daily practice
  • Effective use of digital platforms for high quality student outcomes
  • Developing Self-Reflective and Collaborative practice
  • How can you stretch and support all groups of learners
  • Challenging A/A* students to ensure that they get the top grades

12.30 – 1.30pm

1.30 –  2.15pm
Successful delivery of Component 1 :The Personal Investigation

  • Supporting students in this component
  • Building key stages of development within the creative design project.
  • Strategies for writing an effective essay in Graphics.
  • What should the creative journey look like for an A/A* graphics student? How to hit the higher marks through an exceptional journey?
  • What should final Graphic outcomes look like for an A/A* student?
  • Assessing examples of student work at A and A* for use with your students

2.15 – 2.30pm
Afternoon break 

2.30 – 3.30pm
Successful delivery of Component 2: The Externally set assignment

  • How to get the most from each exam question theme
  • Working to a personalised scenario and brief.
  • Time Frameworks and structure within the exam project.
  • Successful approaches to using the 15 hours of supervised time to conclude the project.
  • Analysing examples of student work that demonstrate C, A and A* performance
  • Student self-directed curation for end of year exhibitions.

3.30 – 3.45pm
Questions, future planning and reflection

Michael Robinson

Michael is a Head of Department at an OFSTED Outstanding sixth form college in the North East of England. He has been teaching within Secondary and Higher Education both nationally and internationally for 23 years and is also an A level Art and Design moderator.

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