Art & Design (OCR Level 2) | New College Courses

Art & Design (OCR Level 2)

Course Code
NC476

BTEC Next Generation Firsts are practical work based qualifications that reward students for consistent hard study. Art work is completed in a series of units with two examinations; 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.

 

  • The Course

 

This course is a new and exciting way of studying Art and Design. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the Art and Design industry have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills through a range of practical and theoretical Units. 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 Award in Art and Design (broadly equivalent to 1 GCSE); Certificate in Art and Design (broadly equivalent to 2 GCSEs) and Extended Certificate in Art and Design (equivalent to 3 GCSEs); all of which are run in succession over the one year course.

 

  • Where It Will Lead

 

The BTEC Diploma in Art and Design can lead on to Level 3 qualifications such as BTEC Nationals in Art and Design, NCFE Art courses or A Level Art & Design courses.

 

  • Course Requirements

 

You will need 5 GCSE’s at grades D-F 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

 

 

 This is a one year course delivered over two days for 12 -14 hours per week. It is possible to study English and Maths or other GCSE’s alongside this qualification.

 

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 can choose to explore a range of other design briefs including Fine Art, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Textiles and Fashion for their independent projects. Students are required to study a specific number of Units to gain a BTEC level 2 Firsts qualification. Units have a value of 5 or 10 credits; the number of credits needed for each qualification is shown in the table below.

 

BTEC Level 2 First in Art and Design  Qualification Guide

 

 

Core Units

Total Units

    GLH

Broad Equivalent

Award in Art and Design

2

4

120

1 GCSE

Certificate in Art and Design

4

6

240

2 GCSEs

Extended Certificate in Art and Design

4

10

360

3 GCSEs

           
  • Assessment

 

Assessment is by coursework – with 2 units of externally set work, one unit of which is an exam based project. 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 at Level 2.

 

  • Time

 

This is a one year course 12 -14 hours of classes per week. In addition to this students will be expected to spend 1-2 hours a week completing sketchbook work.

 

  • Facilities

 

BTEC Firsts Level 2 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)

•          A basic art kit which includes an A2 portfolio (£15.00 from the art department) or   alternatively students can buy their own materials; a kit list for this will be issued at the start of the course.

•          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

 

  • Visits

 

Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to Galleries and Museums as part of their course. There is also the opportunity to attend the art department’s residential trip to Rome.

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