Advanced Higher Graphic Communication (Course Code: C835 77)

SCQF Level 7 (32 SCQF credit points)

Graphic Communication Image

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?

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

What will I study?

The course comprises two areas of study.

Technical Graphics

You will:

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.

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment

The course assessment consists of two components totalling 140 marks:

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

Both the question paper and the project are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

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

The course assessment is graded A-D.

Study Materials

SQA Past Papers Graphic Communication Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Graphic Communication Advanced Higher Question Paper

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?