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Design Apprenticeship Level 2 and 3 at Preston's College

Course description

The Design Apprenticeships offers a combination of qualifications, that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the industry. The nature of your Design Apprenticeship will depend on your employer but you could work in one of four major areas: graphic and multimedia design, interior design, including kitchen and bathroom design, fashion and textile design and product design.

This apprenticeship covers all the main design areas, from graphics to product design. Design is a broad term, and designers can work in a range of industries including fashion, furniture, manufacturing and media.

While each industry requires specific skills, all designers work to come up with a concept that both serves a purpose and looks good. It’s a challenging and creative role.

Course content

During the course you will develop design principles and techniques and processes for designing products. A large focus will be placed on understanding the requirements of a brief and being able to apply this to understanding and meeting the needs of a client. A focus will also be placed on the importance of research, development and experimentation to help generate original outcomes.

You will learn to use the design process to produce creative and informed responses to briefs. They will work both individually and within a team to create visual designs. At Level 2 you will also undertake Key/Functional Skills and a Technical Certificate alongside the programme whilst attending College on a day release basis.

Entry requirements

All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment, interview and employment in the industry. At Level 2 you’ll need four GCSEs at grade D or above including English and maths. You’ll also need a grade C in an art related subject. At level 3 you will need a Level 2 qualification in the subject or 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths at grade C or above with at least a D in the remaining subject. You’ll also need a grade C in an art related subject.


Within college you will be assessed in numerous different ways such as course work, exams, questioning, on-going coursework, portfolio evidence, practical demonstration and assignments. Assessment in the workplace will be through a working journal and log book to be updated by the apprentice and the employer.

Future opportunities

Upon completion of Level 2 you can progress onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Once you have completed the Level 3 Apprenticeship, as a qualified designer you will be equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications required for working within the design industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston's College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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