Art and Design

BTEC Level 2

Art and Design

Why should I study this course?

If you want to progress onto further study in Art and Design this programme of study allows you to develop skills across a range of art and design approaches including painting, drawing, photography and 3 D Design.

What will I study?

You will work through a set of art-based briefs to explore outcomes in a set of units before doing two exams, one of which is an unseen paper. Work will explore approaches in drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.

English and Maths

English and Maths skills will be embedded into your lessons to help with your learning.

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

All units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is marked to assessment objectives and 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 will lead into advanced Art and Design or Media courses at Wilberforce as it builds your creative skills.

Private study

You will be expected to develop your work independently - at least 6 hours per week. 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 provide?

You can buy a starter pack of equipment from us at the start of term along with a sketchbook. 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 12 hours lessons each week where you are will experience a mixture of discussion and practical experimental tasks early in 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 you will be encouraged to develop your own responses to themes.

This course is for you if... enjoy hard work, do not mind getting messy occasionally, enjoy seeing new approaches in art and questioning why things are the way they are. You will enjoy it if you like making things and if you want to progress to Extended Diploma (BTEC) Art and Design or A Level Art, Photography or Fashion & Textiles.

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What are the course requirements?

A minimum of two grade 3 (Ds) at GCSE. You may not have done Level 2 Art at school because of limited opportunity on your timetable or you may have gained a grade 3 (D). If so, you may be suited to this course. You will need to bring examples of your work with you to your interview.

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 changes by September 2020 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control

What skills do I need?

  • The willingness to broadly research using a range of sources such as the internet, books, journals and magazines, in addition to visiting galleries and exhibitions.
  • To be open minded and prepared to experiment with a variety of concepts, materials and techniques.
  • The ability to organise your workload and study time to complete work independently.
  • To follow health and safety instructions.