Technical Award in Visual Communications


Subject Staff Leader
Mrs P Lane –



Board – AQA

Unit 1 – Coursework: Skills demonstration

  • A number of small practical tasks to demonstrate ability in 12 core skills. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork.

Unit 2 – Coursework—Extended making project

  • A making project that showcases the skills developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge and understanding acquired in Unit 3. Students will develop skills in planning and development, making, testing and evaluation and the transferable skill of communication.

Unit 3 – Exam

  • The fundamentals of Visual Communication


Assessment of Course
The Technical Award has the same weighting as a GCSE and will count as equivalent to one GCSE.
The course has two internally assessed units worth 30% each and one externally assessed exam, worth 40% of the final grade.


Course Content
This qualification is intended for students interested in using graphics based materials in a practical and imaginative way, in the context of marketing and promotion. Students will develop an understanding of commercial and industrial processes and an awareness of careers within the industry. It will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

The Technical Award in Visual Communication will give learners the opportunity to develop an understanding of:

digital software applications

  • how to develop products, both traditional and digital, that demonstrate creativity and originality
  • materials, components and technologies and the ability to select these appropriately
  • how to read, interpret and work from drawings, plans and instructions
  • quality and how this can be achieved by making to fine tolerances
  • key technical terminology related to materials and processes
  • commercial and industrial practices career opportunities in the sector.

The skills and knowledge gained will allow students to progress to a range of Level 3 courses or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment. It prepares students for a career such as a graphic designer, typography designer, illustrator, architect, CAD/CAM operator, theatre set production.


Students will also develop transferable skills in teamwork and communication that will be of value to them no matter what career they choose to follow.


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