Art and Design

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Art and Design

Why should I study this course?

If you are a creative individual with a passion for Art this two-year course is definitely for you. It covers a range of approaches including; drawing, painting, printmaking, printed textiles, illustration, photography and sculpture. Our large open studio has all day open access and specialist teachers to guide you, so that you will have all the tools, space and freedom you need to experiment and hone your skills.

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.

What will I study?

Year One Units:

You will explore a broad range of projects to develop your skills and multi-disciplinary techniques to create a personal portfolio of work. You will be expected to complete at least 10 hours of independent study each week. Our studios are always open for you to work in your study time.

Throughout the course you will meet visiting artists and professionals working in the creative industries which will inspire you to explore new and exciting ways of working. You will also have the opportunity to enter competitions, exhibit your work and visit art galleries on our popular trips.

Year Two Units:

You will continue to develop the skills learnt in year one, completing projects that explore experimental techniques in painting, printmaking and illustration. You will also develop a final major project, working in your preferred specialism. All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is assessed to Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria for each unit.

This course provides you with excellent experience to go into the wide variety of arts-based industries including graphic design, interior design, architecture, textiles, illustration, lens-based design and teaching. There are a broad range of opportunities for you within the creative industries.

Examination board


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.

What will the course prepare me for?

This course provides you with excellent experience to go into the wide variety of arts based industries in areas including graphic design, interior design, architecture and lens-based design. It is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and would therefore be a suitable choice if you are considering studying an arts-related subject at university.

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 and other research sources.

What materials will I need to provide?

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.

This course 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.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C} grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least 3 subjects including a 4 (C) in GCSE English Language. You will need a 4(C) in GCSE Art or a BTEC Level 2 Merit grade in a Diploma, Extended Certificate or Certificate.

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

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

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