Desktop Publishing

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This unit has been designed to guide students in the creation of documents and publications using DTP software for assignment purposes. Teachers may need to supplement this unit with additional worksheets and resources to meet the exact needs of their specific exam syllabus.

By completing this unit candidates will develop the ability to appraise the features and techniques used in existing publications. They will use the knowledge and understanding gained to inform their planning and creation of a publication to meet the requirements of a client brief.

Candidates will develop their skills in selecting appropriate components for a multi-page publication and will appreciate the advantages of creating page layouts for publications. They will learn to use a range of tools and techniques to assemble a publication using desktop publishing software. They will apply their acquired skills and creativity to import, integrate and manipulate a range of different files. Using their knowledge, understanding and skills they will check and prepare a publication for printing, evaluating its suitability for purpose and audience.

Candidates must design and create a solution using desktop publishing software. The use of other types of software is not appropriate for this unit. The use of "wizards" or predefined design sets or templates is not permitted in this unit.

Candidates will be able to:

It is anticipated that a candidate will require 40 guided learning hours to complete this unit.

Recommended software for this unit:

Guide to Symbols

Manageable chunks of information help students acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding for each assessment objective.
activity Each fact file is followed by a short practical activity that applies or tests students’ understanding.
Additional information, or extra activities that some students may wish to do.
Step-by-step guides to help students acquire new skills.
The scenario for the practice model assignment sets a realistic brief to contextualise a series of tasks that are explained in a mini brief at the end of each section. The tasks are for formative assessment and enable the student to apply new skills and understanding more independently than in the guided activities.
This is a summary of the help sheets, scaffolded worksheets, blank templates and other resources available to support teaching and learning in each section.
Each section concludes with a skills check to help students measure progress and identify areas for further development.
A summary of the step by step training videos to show students how to carry out different tasks using Serif WebPlus, PhotoPlus, DrawPlus and MoviePlus.
pushpin The pushpin symbol indicates a related scaffolded worksheet, a template, a tutorial or other type of printable support document.
Video The television icon indicates a related interactive training video is available to demonstrate how to carry out the task using Serif software.


A summary of all the worksheets and handouts for this unit can be found here. A summary of the "how to" software guides can be found here.


An additional set of pages describes how to create a digital resource bank and explains about copyright and referencing sources. You can access it here.


A complete list of sections and pages can be found here.

Student Work Examples

See inspiring examples of student successes using Serif software

To purchase a copy of Serif Software to use alongside this unit, visit the Serif Website.

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