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Level Level 2 Technical Award in Visual Communication (Graphics)
Exam Board AQA

This engaging Technical Award focuses on developing practical design and layout skills. Students will have the opportunity to use traditional skills, such as drawing and sketching in 2D and 3D and also modern technologies, including web design.

We have designed it for young students who want to study graphics in a practical and imaginative way, developing the graphic design skills needed to create materials for marketing and promotion.

This qualification is modular and is split into three units. One is an externally assessed exam and the other two are internally assessed.

  • Unit 1: Skills demonstration
  • Unit 2: Extended making project
  • Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology

What is assessed: Unit 1 Skills Demonstration

Students undertake a number of mini projects that will allow them to be assessed against 12 core practical skills

How it is assessed

30% of overall qualification, Internally assessed, 36 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) approximately. The GLH should be split between teaching and assessment time as appropriate 72 marks. Each skill will have 6 marks allocated to it across 3 mark bands.

What is assessed:  Unit 2 Extended Making Project

Students will undertake an extended project that showcases the skills they have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge they have developed through Unit 3. 

Students will produce a made outcome in addition to a small portfolio to evidence the planning and development and testing and evaluation stages.

How it is assessed

30% of overall qualification, Internally assessed, 36 Guided learning hours (GLH) approximately (72 marks)

What is assessed: Unit 3 Fundamentals of Visual Communication

Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the following: planning, visual communication techniques, processes in industry, health and safety, materials and stock forms tools and equipment, systems and control procedures, evaluation and consideration of commercial aspects, social and environmental issues, business organisation and activity, career opportunities.

How it is assessed

  • 40% of overall qualification, Externally assessed, Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 48 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) approximately, 96 marks


  • Section A: 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks)
  • Section B: Mixture of short answer and extended response questions (76 marks)

Which subjects will complement this course?

This qualification could also be complemented by GCSEs in Art, Science, Maths or Business and by Technical Awards in IT, Materials Technology and Sport. Successful completion of this course could lead to further study of a wide range of courses at A level, related level 3 vocational qualifications, or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment.

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