National 5 Graphic Communication (Course Code: C835 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Graphic Communication?

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.

The skills you learn in this course are useful in many career areas including Architecture, Surveying, Engineering or Design and Marketing.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Art and Design

Communications and Media

Computing and ICT



What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course will teach you how to read, interpret and create graphic communications. You will develop skills in spatial awareness and visual language. And, you will learn how to use graphic communication equipment, software and materials effectively. You will also look at how graphic communication technologies impact on our environment and society.

The course comprises two areas of study.

2D Graphic Communication

You will:

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has two components totalling 105 marks:

For the assignment component, you will be asked to create a set of preliminary, production and promotional graphics in answer to a brief and produce evidence of how you planned and evaluated your work. The assignment component will be set and externally assessed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

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

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D. 

Study Materials

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Graphic Communication (National 5)