SCQF LEVEL 6 - Higher

Graphic Communication in all its forms is vital to society. It is a means of getting across information visually using graphics. Graphic communication comes in many forms and various aspects of life including education, industry and commerce. 

This course is designed to increase your awareness of how graphics are used, and to learn about the technology used to create them. You will create 2D, 3D and pictorial graphics with visual impact or that transmits information, digitally and on paper. 


Higher Graph Comm


1 Year full time/

6 periods per week


Portfolio of work/ short exercises and practical skill builders 


2hr30min Question Paper 


8hr Practical Assignment 




Miss Alguero 

Mrs Stewart 

Mr Hadden 

Miss James 



Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of preliminary, production and promotional graphics. You will learn about the various design elements and principles used by designers and the standards and conventions that technical illustrators use to create CAD models and drawings for manufacture. By taking this course you will improve your knowledge and skills in recognising and creating various different drawing styles and techniques. 

This course is made up of two elements with are assessed through various tasks and folio work.   


2D Graphics: Projects improving your ability to create and understand various 2D sketching and drawing techniques. It will work on improving your skills in spatial awareness and your ability to use drawing equipment to produce drawing that are both accurate and visually appealing. You will also work on improving your ability to plan and produce publications that have visual appeal.   


3D and Pictorial Graphics:  Projects improving your skills in creating pictorial sketches and drawings. Enhances your understanding and ability to use 3D computer software to create accurate computer aided graphics and drawing to be used in the manufacture and creative industries. 


  • You will develop a better sense of creativity and presentation skills within a 2D graphic communication context 

  • You will initiate, plan, develop and communicate ideas graphically, using 2D graphic techniques and also within a 3D pictorial graphic communication context 

  • You will develop skills and attributes including spatial awareness, visual literacy, and the ability to interpret given drawings, diagrams and other graphics 

  • You will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of your own/given graphic communication drawings/models/documents to meet their intended purpose 

  • You will develop creativity and presentation skills within a 3D and pictorial graphic communication context 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Entry Requirements are at the discretion of the Principal Teacher of the Design Faculty/course leader but it is advised that to do well in this higher course we would recommend that students have completed a N5 in Graphic Communication (A- high C pass). 

what will you get?

The Higher Graphic Communication Course assessment has two components totalling 140 marks –  

Component 1 – 2 hr 30 min Question Paper – worth 90 marks 

Component 2 – 8 hr Assignment – worth 50 marks 

The higher grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components, graded from A-D 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Graphic Communication related Careers:- 

Animator, Architect, Architectural Technologist, BIM Technician, Building Services Engineer, Building Standards Surveyor, Building Technical, Cabinet Maker, CAD Technician, Cartographer, Character Artist, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technical, Clinical/Biomedical Engineer, Construction Manager, Craft Designer, Design Engineer, Digital Imaging Specialist, Ergonomist, Exhibition Designer, Film Media Technician, Film/Video Editor, Artist, Games Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Mechanical Engineering Technical, Medical Physicist, Model Maker, Naval Architect, Researcher, Pre-Press Operator, Product Designer, Prop Maker, Rehabilitation Engineering Technical, Technical Illustrator, Set Designer, Sign-writer, Specialist Effects Technician, Structural Engineer, Teacher, Technical Author, Technical Surveyor, Town Planning Assistant/Technician, User Experience Designer, Web Designer, Web Developer 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

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