Design Engineering & Technology at Kirkcaldy High School

Respect for Self, Others, and Learning

Graphic Communication

National Courses reflect Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. They offer flexibility, provide more time for learning, more focus on skills and applying learning, and scope for personalisation and choice.

Every course provides opportunities for candidates to develop breadth, challenge and application. The focus and balance of assessment is tailored to each subject area.

The Graphic Communication course provides progression mainly from the craft, design, engineering and graphics experiences and outcomes. Candidates broaden their skills in a creative environment and are encouraged to exercise imagination, creativity and logical thinking.

The course allows candidates to develop an awareness of graphic communication as an international language and an understanding of how graphic communication technologies impact on society and the environment.

Candidates initiate, develop and communicate ideas graphically, and develop spatial awareness and visual literacy through graphic experiences. They interpret graphic communications initiated by others, and use graphic communication equipment, software and materials effectively.

The course also provides opportunities to build self-confidence and enhance skills in numeracy, ICT, planning and organising work tasks, and in working independently and in collaboration with others. Candidates develop skills in critical thinking, decision making and communication.


National Parent Forum of Scotland

The National Parent Forum of Scotlands ‘Nutshell’ Series gives the key facts about National Qualifications. In these documents you’ll find out about National 4, National 5 and Higher Graphic communication including the details of course assessment.

National 4

N4 Graphics Nutshell

National 5

N5 graphics nutshell


Higher graphics nutshell


SQA Graphics

More information including subject updates, course specifications and FAQs can be found on the SQA website here.

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