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Art and Design BTEC First Extended Certificate Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

This one year full time course enables you to develop your interest in art and design and establish your visual language. You will develop skills in a wide range of materials, techniques and processes and explore the work of others. The course is modular with projects set against units that can be achieved at Pass, Merit and Distinction grades with two external exams set against two of the units.

Course content

This qualification gives you the freedom to develop your own individual ideas and prepare a portfolio of work for progression. The study programme is made up of nine units of general art and design and specialist units. All students will do the core units that explore drawing, 2D and 3D materials and techniques, researching artists work, developing ideas and producing/evaluating finished work. 

Beyond that, you will be able to explore specialist units, including graphics and design craft. Two of the units have exams attached to them. These units will identify a theme for you to research and generate ideas for, before commencing the timed pieces of work. 
Completing this course successfully earns the equivalent to three GCSEs at grade A-C.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.

You will also be required to bring a portfolio of work to your interview to show us your interests and skill development so far.


Assessed work will be graded pass, merit, or distinction.

The course is mainly assessed through coursework portfolios. All assessed work is scheduled to strict deadlines over the course of the programme. Failure to submit work on time can affect the overall grade awarded. All assessments are marked by two lecturers and a sample is verified by an Edexcel examiner. This ensures that all marking is fair and matches Edexcel national standards. There are three externally assessed units one of which consists of a timed written exam.

Future opportunities

Most of our students who are thinking about some aspect of art and design as a career will choose to progress to the Extended Diploma in Art and Design here at Petroc as the gateway to higher education and the world of employment.

Further information

We have two large scale, purpose built, art studios where students have their own personal work and storage areas. In addition we have specialist workshops and facilities to support each of the specialist areas. These include fashion/textiles - industrial and domestic machines, mannequins, pattern cutting, print and constructed textiles; graphics / illustration – a full suite of apple mac computers with industry standard software for graphics, image making, film and animation; fine art - painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, photography; 3D crafts- mixed media, glass, ceramics, wood, stitch and metal facilities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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