NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Graphic Design
- Arts, Media and Publishing
- V Cert
- Registration and Certification Fee
- Level 1/2
- Minimum entry age
This qualification is now open for pre-approval! To get started, shortlist this qualification for approval.
IMPORTANT: if you are already approved for our current V Certs in Graphic Design (603/0844/8 or 603/0845/X), there is no need to do anything, we will automatically grant you approval for this one.
Registrations for this V Cert will open on 1 September 2022, ready for first teach.
The first live assessments will take place in the 2023/24 session.
This qualification is approved for 2024 and 2025 performance tables.
About this qualification
The Level 1/2 Technical Award in Graphic Design is designed for learners who want an introduction to graphic design that includes a vocational and project-based element. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to pursue a career in the graphic design sector or progress onto further study.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is designed for learners aged 14 to 16 in schools and colleges, but is also accessible for post-16 learners.
What are the entry requirements?
There are no specific prior skills/knowledge a learner must have for this qualification.
How is this qualification structured?
To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of all 6 mandatory content areas.
How is it assessed?
The qualification has 2 assessments externally-set by NCFE: one non-exam assessment and one written examined assessment.
How long will it take to complete this qualification?
It is recommended that this qualification is delivered over 2 years.
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Learners who achieve at level 1 might consider progression to level 2 qualifications post-16, such as:
• GCSE in Graphic Design and Technology
• study at level 2 in a range of technical routes that have been designed for progression to employment, apprenticeships and further study
Learners who achieve at level 2 might consider progression to level 3 qualifications post-16, such as:
• level 3 National Diplomas or Extended Diplomas
• A Level in Graphic Design (this will support progression to higher education)
Learners could progress into employment or onto an apprenticeship. The understanding and skills gained through this qualification could be useful to progress onto an apprenticeship in the graphic design industry through a variety of occupations that are available within the sector.
Funding for our qualifications
This qualification is approved for 2024 and 2025 performance tables. Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.
Draft qualification specificationLessMore info Download
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Non-examined assessment (NEA) regulationsLessMore info Download
This document provides instructions on the correct administration of the internally assessed NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) where assessments and associated grading descriptors are provided by NCFE.
Qualification factsheetLessMore info Download
This document provides an overview of the qualification.