The qualification gives a general introduction to the study of Art and Design at this level.

  • Develop art and design projects, learn production skills
  • Gain an understanding of the creative process, learning how to develop ideas
  • Study visual recording and effective communication
  • Learn critical analysis skills
  • Produce art and design outcomes 


A minimum of a Grade 4 in a relevant GCSE Art or Design subject or a Merit grade in a vocational equivalent.

The course will offer you a flexible range of qualifications that can be studied alongside other level 3 qualifications such as A levels or other BTEC Nationals as part of a larger programme of study, or as the main focus of your study. All qualifications are widely recognised by universities and employers. You will gain contemporary art and design skills and explore requirements or interests relevant to the local and national creative economy – working on a mixture of disciplines such as graphic design, visual recording, fine art, fashion or 3D design.

You will gain opportunities to showcase your creative skills through focused practical assessments, gaining 1:1 constructive feedback. You will build the underpinning knowledge and skills essential for the most creative sector roles and gain the transferable and high-order skills highly regarded by HE and employers, such as the ability to communicate effectively and to record logically.

You will be assessed continually throughout the course, where feedback provides the opportunity for you to improve your work and subsequent grade. There will be a final assessment at the end of the second year.

There is potential for you to progress on to a wide range of higher education courses within the creative industries, these include courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Animation, Marketing and Web Design, as well as many other options. You will also produce a portfolio of work that will prepare you well for both university interviews and for when looking for employment. 

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