Course starts: September 2020

Duration: One year, part-time

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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The course will provide you with the general skills, knowledge and understanding that underpin a variety of occupations and professions in the field of art and design.


Entry requirements

A keen interest in art and design is essential. At least three GCSEs at grade 3 or 2 (grade D or E), or a Merit or Distinction at BTEC Level 1.


What will I learn?

This broad course covers areas such as 2D painting, drawing, print, illustration, photography and 3D sculpture.


Work experience

As part of your course, you’ll be expected to do a work experience placement.



Exploring the work of artists and designers
Media, materials and techniques
Developing ideas in response to an art and design brief
Realising art and design ideas
Exploring photography
Exploring graphic design and illustration



You’ll be assessed at the end of each unit and you will be graded pass, merit or distinction. There are no external examinations in this qualification.


Enrichment opportunities

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to London, as well as visits to local galleries and exhibitions.


Career and progression

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills for entry into employment and further training. It will also mean you can go on to higher level qualifications such as the OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design. It’s a great starting point for careers in art, design, photography and illustration.


Additional costs:

You’ll need a range of materials and equipment to complete the course – these can be purchased independently or from the Art department for £10 – £30.





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