Technical Award Visual Communication

About the course

This Level 2 Technical Award will allow you to build your skill set in practical design and layout. Over Years 10 and 11, you will learn a mix of key traditional techniques, such as 2D and 3D drawing and sketching, plus how to make use of modern digital technologies, including web design. The course enables a practical and imaginative approach to building graphic design and layout skills essential to marketing, publishing and communications.

Overview of units

Skills and knowledge:

  • Drawing and sketching in 2D and 3D
  • Application of colour theory and using typography
  • Web based design
  • Image capture and manipulation and digital editing
  • Printing processes and finishing techniques

Extended making project:

  • Planning and development
  • Health and safety
  • Materials and stock forms
  • Tools and equipment
  • Software
  • Systems and control procedures

Fundamentals of visual communication:

  • Understanding the needs of the client
  • Creativity/experimentation
  • Symbols and signage
  • Model making and concept testing
  • Branding
  • Publishing

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


Following the requirements of AQA Level 2 Technical Award, you will be assessed by completing two pieces of coursework and a written exam. The first piece of coursework involves a number of bitesize projects designed to showcase your skills and knowledge of different techniques. The second piece of coursework is an extended project to demonstrate your understanding of planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communicating. The written exam paper (1 hour and 30 minutes) includes a mixture of multiple choice and longer questions.

Where you can go next

This course is an excellent foundation for further study in areas relating to visual design or business and marketing. This could open to door to opportunities for higher education and careers in graphic design, digital creation, marketing or publishing.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the AQA website.

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