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Art and Design (Vocational) - Level 3


This is an BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Qualification. This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level and must be studied alongside two other A Level subjects.

This wide ranging Art and Design course gives a general introduction to the study of art and design at this level. Learners develop their own practice and gain an understanding of the creative process.

This qualification will provide the opportunity to develop painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art skills, illustration, graphics, photography and fashion/textiles skills. You will also develop an understanding of art history and explore work from a wide range of professional artists from a range of genres.

Students will have the opportunity to visit galleries and exhibitions as well as exhibiting their own work as part of the annual arts festival in June.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language, maths, and an art related subject such as art, design, resistant materials, textiles, graphics or similar.

Students will be required to attend an interview and show evidence of artistic ability through a portfolio and/or sketchbooks.

Following your application and interview successful candidates will be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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September 20201357Apply online

How long is the course?

This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level and is to be studied alongside two A levels for two years.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through a mix of internally and externally assessed units. Graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass. Students will be awarded 56 UCAS points for Distinction*, 48 UCAS points for Distinction, 32 UCAS points for Merit and 16 UCAS points for a Pass.

What does the course lead to?

A qualification in art and design is useful in many different industries and for a wide variety of job types. Options would include fashion/costume designer, photographer, fine artist, graphic designer, product designer, illustrator, tattoo artist, printmaker, textile designer, interior designer, art historian, gallery curator and many more! Art students have many transferable skills such as critical analysis, observation, imagination, attention to detail, perseverance, communication and collaboration.

What will I study?

The core modules may include:

You will link theory to practice and develop your own style as an emerging artist giving you practical experience that is useful for a range of sectors and progression to university-level study. Alongside your art and design skills you can expect to develop your creative thinking, planning and problem solving abilities as you progress on the course.

Learners will study 4 units over two years.  2 units are internally assessed and 2 are externally assessed.

Units may include:

  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
  • The Creative Process
  • Printmaking

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

The Extended Certificate would be the first step towards becoming an art and design practitioner, with the opportunity to extend your skills by studying at university level.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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