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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

The BTEC Art and Design Level 3 course is a 6 unit vocational course. The course is designed to help students learn how to develop projects based on realistic or real life briefs.

Course content

Over the 2 year period, students will gain a better understanding of how designers and artists work in their professional practice. They will learn how to adapt to specific client requirements and constraints such as deadlines, time management and budget. The course is also aimed to enhance creative skills In a range of 2D (dry and wet media, photography) and 3D media (ceramics, resistant materials and textiles). During the second year in particular, the units of work will allow students to study within specialist fields within art and design, such as Fashion and Photography.

Entry requirements

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E - 3 points

F - 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.


Pupils are assessed on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis.

Pass (40 UCAS points), Merit (80 UCAS Points), Distinction (120 UCAS points).

Future opportunities

After completion, students can progress to a foundation or university course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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