Graphic Communication – Advanced Higher


The course comprises two compulsory units and an assessment.

Technical Graphics.

In this unit you will:

  • develop and creatively apply the graphic communication knowledge, skills and understanding which directly support graphic designing and communication activities in the various contexts of technical activities
  • experience graphic communication in technical detail through exploring the purposes, applications and audience requirements
  • use a range of knowledge and skills through manual and/or electronic-based communication activities
  • explore the use of detailed 2D and 3D graphics in modelling, graphic visualisation and technical/mechanical animation in relation to technical activities.

Commercial and Visual Media Graphics.

This unit is particularly relevant for those with an interest in the broad commercial and visual media use of graphics which might include presentation work, magazines, newspapers, informational manuals, static promotional work, website page layout, graphic design, advertising and point of sale, digital media, games, animation, expressive arts, electronic-based learning and advertising.

In this unit you will:

  • explore a range of effective commercial and visual media graphic communication activities and their application in the fields of publishing and promotion
  • develop graphic design skills, with an expectation of review, evaluation, amendment and presentation
  • develop a deep understanding of the needs of the intended audience.


Course assessment (8 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment consists of two components with a total of 200 marks:

  • Component 1: project (120 marks)
  • Component 2: question paper (80 marks).

For the project you will be asked to develop a solution to a complex graphic communication task.

The question paper will be set and marked externally by SQA.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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