National 4 Graphic Communication

Mandatory information

Course Specification

This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

Unit Specifications

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the following Unit Specifications and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Added Value Unit Specification

These define the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit, including the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

They also include the further mandatory information on Course coverage for the National 4 Course and include information on the assessment method to be used and the conditions of assessment.

Advice and guidance

Course and Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.

The course support notes have been revised - the ‘British Standards and Conventions — information and support for candidates’ document has been added as an appendix.

Assessment support

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Added Value Unit Assessment

The Graphic Communication Added Value Unit assessment is an assignment. It is supported by SQA-devised detailed instructions.

In the assessment, candidates are required to produce a graphical response to the assignment brief by planning and producing a range of preliminary, production and promotional graphics.

Centres can choose from a bank of these assessments, available on the secure site, or create their own. Centres can access the bank of assessments through their SQA Co-ordinator.

Care must be taken when setting a centre devised Added Value Unit assignment that the level of difficulty matches those in the bank of assessments and does not exceed them. As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Unit Assessment Support

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.


Verification and Course Reports

In 2019, a single qualification verification summary report replaced the verification key messages.

In 2019, a single qualification verification summary report replaced the verification key messages.

There was no verification activity at this level in 2017.