Art & Design

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Entry Requirements

4 A* – C grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least three subjects including a 5/C in GCSE English Language. You will need a C in a GCSE Art or BTEC Level 2 Merit grade in a Diploma, Extended Certificate or Certificate.

For students who have not studied Art or Design at Level 2 or who have a Pass in a BTEC Level 2 Art and Design Diploma/Extended Certificate/Certificate, a suitable portfolio of art and design work will be considered.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?


There are a number of core and additional units that make up the course and enable students to specialise in specific areas such as Drawing and Painting approaches, 3D crafts, Photography and Multi-Disciplinary work, therefore developing a more personal, creative portfolio of work.
The core units provide students with skills and knowledge that will develop their understanding of art and design processes. They will explore the work of professional artists and designers to influence their own ideas and to inspire their work and development.
In addition to the core units students will also study specialist units that will develop their skills in a range of areas where students will explore and develop a range of techniques including drawing, painting and mixed media in order to create their own art work and will develop an understanding of how art is used commercially. Students will explore the use of digital imaging techniques that will enable them to develop work in a range of genres.
Student will explore all aspects of printmaking – lino, collagraph, etching and screen printing.


In addition to continuing to develop your skills learnt in Year One you will complete 12 units involving developing more experimental techniques in painting and 3D crafts/design, where you will explore the use of a range of materials and techniques and develop an understanding through practical realisation of how these might be used to produce your own artworks, using traditional methods as well as new technology. At the end of the course you will develop a Final Major Project in which you work in your preferred specialist way of working.

What skills do I need?

  • The ability to use books and not just the Internet for research
  • The ability to follow instructions, but be able to adapt you own ideas to them
  • The ability to organise your independent study time to complete your work
  • The common sense and care needed when working with machines

Examining Board


Why should I study this course?

This course is for creative individuals looking to extend their range of skills across art approaches and provide them with the experiences to take them into employment or further study. The world will be desperate for creative individuals who can think outside the box and work independently when it realizes that the drive for engineers at the expense of the arts has left us short of the people we need for the development of our culture. The instinct to make art has been with us since man made the first cave paintings, and the need to respond to the world around us through the creative process remains just as strong today. Studying The Extended Diploma in Art and Design allows you to do this along with providing you with the skills to reinvent yourself as creative individuals in a continually and rapidly changing world.

If you have enjoyed drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography you will find new opportunities to develop your skills and ideas around themes which explore all aspects of Art & Design. If you want to spend your days in the studio area this course is great for you.

How is the course assessed?

All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is assessed to Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria for each unit. You do not receive marks for individual pieces of work but instead for how you develop your unit of work by responding to what you see other textile artists doing. In this way the unit is marked as a set of work at the end, including the final outcome. In this way it is much better to work consistently throughout the whole course and make sure all work is as complete as possible. Your work is marked each week. You cannot cram all the work in at the end of the course like revision based subjects.

What will this course prepare me for?

This course provides you with excellent experience to go into the wide variety of arts based industries including graphic design, interior design, architecture and lens based design. The course is also an excellent way of preparing you for the Foundation Art & Design course at Wilberforce College which will guide you to the best HE course for you. Each year £80 billion is generated by creative people in the Art and Design industry, so there is plenty of opportunity to find work after finishing your education.

Private Study

At least 10 hours of independent study each week, our studios are always open for you to work in your study time. You will be given advice on what to do during your independent study time but it will involve tasks such as reading, preparing for your lessons and continuing to develop your sketchbook work in progress. You will also be expected to access our VLE on a regular basis to support your learning and collect resources via Pinterest.

What materials will I need to purchase?

You can buy a starter pack of equipment from us at the start of term along with a sketch book. You will have access to a wide variety of resources on Moodle including links to exam boards specifications, useful website links, video and text resources.  You are expected to provide your own basic art materials including basic drawing materials.  There are extensive resources available from the library that you can borrow but there is a list of recommended background reading on Moodle if you wish to purchase some of your own.

How will I be taught?

You will have 13 hours each week where you will experience a mixture of units and practical tasks throughout the course. You will be expected to show that you can explore a technique or an approach in your own work after you have learnt it. As the course develops lessons become more focused on one to one individual tuition where you will be set targets for the week.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design is for you if:

You enjoy hard work and you want to get a qualification that will lead you into employment where there are always opportunities and demands for new ideas.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design is NOT for you if:

You think that it will be easy like taking short cuts or you only like to copy cartoons and do not like to work outside your comfort zone.