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 facilities have 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:

Coursework units will explore a range of fine art approaches, graphics and illustration techniques to develop your skills to create a personal portfolio of work (including 2D and 3D). You will complete externally set art and design assignments and learn about artists and designers through contextual studies.


Year Two Units:

You will continue to develop the skills learnt in year one, completing projects that explore experimental techniques in fine art, textiles and photography. You will also prepare a portfolio to help you apply for an Art Foundation course, university degree or apprenticeship.

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.

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

Work is assessed to Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria at the end of each unit. Some units are marked internally and moderated by an external examiner, others are marked externally. You will receive regular feedback on your progress towards your final grades.

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, fashion and textiles 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, completing an Art Foundation course or applying for an apprenticeship.

Each year £80 billion is generated by creative people in the Art and Design industry, so there are plenty of opportunities 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/research, 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. You will have access to a wide variety of resources on Microsoft Teams including links to exam board 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 and there is also a list of recommended background reading on the VLE if you wish to purchase some of your own.

How will I be taught?

You will have 13.5 hours of timetabled lessons each week where you will experience a mixture of units and practical tasks throughout the course. As the course develops lessons become more focused on one to one individual tuition where you will be set targets for the week. You will be expected to continue to further develop and refine your skills independently out of lesson time.

This course is for you if...

You are willing to work hard and want to get a qualification that will lead you into a creative career 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 have no Level 2 experience you should bring a portfolio of work to your interview for us to assess whether you are suitable for the course.  

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, 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