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Art & Design (BTEC Level 3)

Course Code

BTEC Level 3 qualifications are practical work based courses that reward students for consistent hard study. Art work is completed in a series of units, there are no examinations; qualification is based on students achieving all the specified learning outcomes for the required units. Students must satisfy specified assessment grading criteria to gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction.


  • The Course


BTEC Level 3 qualification is delivered over 2 years in a step-up mode whereby, you first study for the Extended Certificate or Foundation Diploma and ultimately the Extended Diploma which is the Year 2 programme.

This course is a new vocational course that has a rigorous academic assessment structure. Working in a wide variety of art disciplines students will gain a broader understanding of the of Art and Design industry. The qualification is split into three parts; The Extended Certificate in Art and Design (broadly equivalent to 3 GCSE’s); Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (broadly equivalent to 1AS) and the Extended Diploma (which is the second year part of the course) makes the whole programme equivalent to 3 A Levels. The Extended Certificate, and Foundation Diploma constitute the 1st Year programme and the Extended Diploma becomes the 2nd Year Programme.


  • Where It Will Lead


The successful completion of the BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design can lead on to a Level 4 qualification such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design and some students successfully go onto BA courses in Art & Design related subjects. Within New College you may progress onto the Foundation Degree in Art & Design.


  • Course Requirements


You will need 5 GCSE’s at grades C or above and a keen interest in Art and Design as this is a full time course. All applications without the basic entry requirements will be considered. This will be on an individual basis, which will include the submission of a portfolio of art work and an interview by the course leader.


  • Study Programme


Students will follow a varied programme of study which will include learning about working in the art and design industry, 2D & 3D visual communication, building an art portfolio, using ideas to explore develop and produce art and design and contextual references in Art and Design. Students explore a range of design briefs including Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, 3D Design, Textiles and Fashion for their independent projects. Students are required to study a specific number of Units to gain a BTEC level 3 extended qualification. Courses have a value of GLH (guided Learning Hours) see the table below:


BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design Qualification Guide



Mandatory Units

Optional Units



Broad Equivalent

Extended Certificate in Art & Design (yr1)



360 GLH


Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (yr 1)



510 GLH


Extended Diploma in Art and Design (yr 2)



1080 GLH

3 A levels



  • Assessment


Assessment is by coursework – currently there are no requirements for any formal exams (this may change in future). All the work you do in class counts towards your final grade. Each part of the qualification is based on students achieving all the specified learning outcomes for the required units. Students must satisfy specified assessment and grading criteria to gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction.


  • Time


The BTEC L3 Extended Certificate and Foundation Diploma are one year courses delivered over two/three days for 8 to 12 hours per week. (It is possible to study English and Maths or other GCSE’s alongside this qualification). If you intend to study for the full qualification the Extended Diploma (2 years) then you’ll be in college over three days a week for up to 14 hours.  In addition you will be expected to spend independently 4-6 hours a week completing sketchbook work.


  • Facilities


BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design are taught in well equipped studios by specialist staff. Students have access to a wide range of art equipment across all art disciplines.


  • Expenses


  • There is a £40.00 studio fee which is payable at the start of the course to cover the cost of all materials used in workshops throughout the year.
  • Two hardback A3 sketchbooks (2 x £7.50 from the art department)
  • Students will be expected as part of the course to attend trips to museums and galleries; an additional charge for this is made (approximately £15 -£20 per trip) to cover the travel and ticket cost for these events.

Students experiencing financial hardship can apply for equipment grants via student services. Kits are available through Artway Supplies.


  • Visits


Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to Galleries and Museums as part of their course.


  • Further Information


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