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Design Apprenticeship Level 3 at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This exciting new apprenticeship in Design is made up of two main components, a knowledge qualification which is usually studied at college on a part time basis (e.g) half or one day per week, and the competence based qualification (NVQ) which is assessed in the work place against the units of the qualification with the help of an assessor.  Earning while you learn is a great way to gain experience in the field of design at the same time as getting qualifications.

Course content

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design 

(Knowledge based component - college) 

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of 

four mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits (where at least 45 credits must be at level 3 or above). 

Mandatory units

1    Visual Recording in Art and Design 
2    Materials, Techniques, and Processes in Art and Design 
3    Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design 
4    Communication Through Art and Design 

Optional Units (Specialist) 

Design Methods in Art and Design 
Design Principles in Art and Design 
Computers in Art and Design 
Graphics for 3D Application 
3D Computer Modelling 
Drawing from Observation 
3D Design Media, Techniques and Technology

*other optional units can be discussed for bespoke programmes 

Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Design

(competence component)

The Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Design (QCF) recognises the skills, knowledge and understanding of learners and allows them to gain a job ready qualification in the workplace that relates to their job area and promotes good working practice. 

This qualification requires achievement of a minimum of 49 credits. 29 credits are to be achieved from the Mandatory units and a minimum of 20 credits from the Optional units in groups 2 and 3. Learners may achieve a maximum of 6 credits from the units in Group 3 Business Optional units.

Group 1 Mandatory units 

Unit title

1.   Research a design concept

2.   Write a design brief

3.   Interpret a design brief and follow the design process

4.   Understand concepts and techniques used in branding

5.   Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

6.   Collaborate in a creative process

7.   Understand market research 

8.   Develop a presentation

9.   Deliver a presentation

10. Working with costs and budgets

Group 2 Design Optional units 

Unit title 

11.   The history and social impact of creativity and its influence on design

12.   Research and evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context

13.   Create 3D models designs using a computer-aided design system 

14.   Undertake market research

15.   Support marketing activities

16.   Select and develop business relationships with preferred suppliers

17.   Manage budgets 

18.   Contribute to running a project

19.   Create 2D designs using a computer aided design system

20.   Identify and understand your client’s brand Strategy 

21.   Articulate, present and debate ideas in a creative environment 

22.   Devise user testing of designs 

23.   Conduct user testing of designs

24.   Evaluate user testing of designs

Group 3 Business Optional units 

Unit title

25.   Define the product or service of the business

26.   Keep financial records

27.   Keeping up to date with current legislation in a business

28.   Balance business needs and personal life

29.   Carry out banking for a business

30.   Carry out plans for a business

31.   Check what customers need from the business

32.   Decide on a business location 

33.   Manage own time and efficiency

34.   Obtaining support for a business idea

35.   Plan how to let customers know about products or services 

36.   Review the skills the business needs 

37.   Seek advice and help for the business

More detailed information on these units are available on request in the form of the qualification specifications. 

Entry requirements

GCSEs grades A* to C in English and Maths (the standard requirement for entry level office grade positions) or equivalent, or completion of a Level 2 qualification in art or design, or employer’s confidence in individual’s ability.


The work-based part of the qualification will be assessed using a portfolio of evidence and observation by an assessor.  The knowledge-based part will be assessed through project work set at college.

Future opportunities


Junior roles within the Design industry such as graphic designer, product designer and technical illustrator.


Progression onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship or Higher Education Programmes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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