Graphic Communication

This course allows candidates to develop an awareness of graphic communication as an international language and an understanding of how graphic communication technologies impact on society and the environment. Candidates broaden their skills in a creative environment and are encouraged to exercise imagination, creativity and logical thinking.

Course Assessment (National 5)

  • Question Paper - 80 marks (67% of total)
  • Assignment - 40 marks (33%)

(For full information see the SQA Webpage for this course.)

Now scroll down to find important notes and resources for studying this course, as well as web links, videos and other useful content.

More will be added over time, so remember to keep checking back!

Notes (restricted access)

Desktop Publishing - The A to Z of DTP

A to Z of DTP

Course Notes


Architectural Drawings

Architectural drawings.pdf

Another set of course notes!

N5 GC Revision Notes Coltness High School.pdf

Other Resources

SQA Approved Drawing Symbols

Building drawing symbols.pdf

SQA Course Specification


SQA Specimen Paper

GraphicCommunication_N5 Specimen Question Paper.pdf

Past Papers & Practice Questions

Assorted Practice Questions

Really good file for revision. Download and open in PDF viewer to be able to enter answers digitally.

Past Papers:

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

Marking Instructions:

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

Video Playlists

Each of the following playlists brings together a collection of videos based on a key area of the course.

(To explore the list of videos click on the menu icon in the top-left of each video player, or click the playlist title to view it in a new tab.)

Assignment Help Videos

Useful Websites & Channels

The Graphic Communication pages of an excellent website covering Craft, Design & Technology subjects in the Scottish curriculum.

YouTube channel created by Neil Walker, another Scottish Design & Technology teacher. Demonstrations of sketching and rendering.

Don't be put off by the basic look - this site has tonnes of really good information.