BTEC Graphics


We encounter Graphics every day, be it through social media, print, games, billboards or TV. The visual communication around us persuades our opinions, taste, reactions and informs us of the world around us. Students who choose to study Graphics have a variety of interests and career paths, be it Graphic Design, Animation, Illustration, Art, Marketing, Photography, Digital Media etc. all of which result in exciting collaborations and innovative outcomes. The main reason for choosing Graphics is a genuine interest in the subject, which will allow for skills building and professional outcomes. Choosing to study Graphics at Raine’s Foundation School not only involves using a Mac suite with Adobe, but also exploring challenging ideas and concepts based on the world around us. The briefs are set with interesting themes in mind, such as politics, propaganda, and issues relating to young people which produce exciting portfolios. Students at Raine’s Foundation have collaborated with Victoria and Albert Museum, winning Graphic Gathering competition twice and we are looking to foster opportunities for students to showcase their talents.



The BTEC course is one that is very similar to what you would study if at Art college. You will study four different units which include:

  • Visual recording and communication
  • Critical and contextual studies in art and design
  • The creative process
  • Graphics materials, techniques and processes

These will provide a firm foundation for any graphics student including designing graphics for a range of purposes, and learning technical skills in areas such as layout and typography. The aim, is for you to be able to take a given brief or situation and follow the process to create innovative ideas and concepts.


You will complete a range of projects covering three mandatory units specified by the exam board. Two of these units will be externally assessed, while two of the units will be assessed internally. The vast majority is practical in nature with design and make tasks accounting for the main body of work. Students will need to be able to conduct research, explain concepts and evaluate their own and others work. Students will be encouraged to visit galleries and museums both with the school and independently in order to gather contextual research and inspiration.


This qualification could support progression to employment or an Apprenticeship in the area of graphics in roles such as:

  • design assistant/trainee
  • trainee technical illustrator
  • trainee technical graphic design assistant
  • junior artworker
  • desktop publishing assistant
  • technical illustrator
  • junior graphic designer.

A greater percentage of recruitment in the creative sector is at graduate level and if you wish to progress to further learning, this course will help you enter a range of careers. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to relevant Foundation Degree and BTEC Higher National courses, such as the FdA Graphic Communication or a HND Graphic Design


When studied with other qualifications such as an A Level or their equivalents in a different complementing sector such as Art, Business or Computing, you can progress into higher education on full degree courses.


Ideally you will have completed a BTEC or GCSE in a visually creative course and achieved equivalent of a ‘5’ grade. If not then some evidence of a genuine interest in the subject and a basic drawing ability could suffice.