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Art and Design Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

This one year course is aimed at students who wish to develop their art and design skills. The course covers drawing techniques, painting, mixed media, textiles and ceramic/ 3D design skills which are underpinned by contextual studies that look at a range of art and design influences, which will introduce you to new approaches to creative practice and learning.

Taught by enthusiastic and supportive staff who are visual practitioners with a range of expertise, this course introduces you to the fundamental skills required to progress on to the Level 3 courses whilst developing skills that meet the needs of an employer.

The course revolves around a set of working briefs that incorporate the required unit criteria giving the students a variety of tasks which explore and develop a wide range of skills and competences.

Students have weekly tutorial sessions to support their personal development. Work is assessed on a regular and continuous basis and progress is recorded at each formal assessment point. You will be given supportive feedback on assessment decisions to enable you to develop and improve the quality of your work and achieve the unit assessment criteria.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students with appropriate qualifications, prior relevant learning or experience, or demonstrable interest and knowledge in a subject. We welcome students of all ages, from all countries, backgrounds and cultures.

You will normally need good portfolio of work which will be shown at interview plus 4 GCSE Grades G – D or above in English & Maths equivalent level qualification.


Each unit will be individually assessed through assignment work and graded to a pass, merit or distinction; projects are based on a theme and run for around six weeks, where all the work for that project is assessed.

The assessment and grading of coursework is a rigorous process, monitored carefully to ensure equal and fair standards are maintained; a Merit is required in all units to successfully progress on the Level 3 course.

Future opportunities

On passing this course with a merit, it will prepare you for progression onto a:

  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Art and Design course, equivalent to 3 A levels.
  • AS/A2 in Photography
  • Working environment that will utilise your creative skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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