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Art and Design Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Applied Design) at Bedford College

Course description

This exciting course encourages you to explore and experiment with a diverse range of disciplines, including interior design, product, furniture, ceramics and glass, jewellery, set design, architectural form, model making and lighting. You will have opportunity to work with a wide variety of materials, techniques and processes, focusing on developing visual design ideas and concepts, whilst enhancing professional practice to enable you to build a strong portfolio for further higher education or employment. This programme is taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field. There will also be the opportunity to visit galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals during the course, as well as the chance to get involved with community projects and competitions.

Course content

You will study five core units and twelve specialist units. The core units are:

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Ideas and Concepts
  • Communication through Art and Design
  • Contextual Investigation in Art and Design


Specialist subjects may include:

  • Small Scale Design
  • Exploring Resistant Materials
  • Exploring Specialist Glass Techniques
  • Exploring Specialist Metal and Jewellery Techniques
  • 3D Design Media, Techniques and Technology
  • Exploring Non-Resistant Materials
  • Self Directed Project

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language; or alternatively, a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (merit grade or above) with Functional Skills.

Entry is also subject to a successful interview, where you will need to show a portfolio of your existing work. This can include anything from GCSE art/design work to drawings you do at home. Any photographed work would be good to see which can be brought on a USB stick or viewed on YouTube.


You will be assessed on a continual basis throughout the course. This is through the use of sketchbooks either digital or traditional. At the end of your second year, you get the chance to work on your own self-directed project. There will also be an examination for Functional Skills or GCSE, depending on your grades. 

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to studying a Higher National Diploma in 3D Design. Alternatively, you could consider applying for a university course in a relevant subject, or seek employment in a field related to your subject specialism.

Further information

To take part in the course you will be required to pay an additional fee of £45 to cover the cost of trips/visits to galleries and/or exhibitions. You will also be encouraged to buy books related to your specialism and appropriate equipment such as fine liner pens, sketching pencils, USB Sticks, pro-markers and sketchbooks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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