Accessibility links

Art and Design Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Mid Cheshire College

Course description

Students who do not want to follow academic ‘A’ levels but still want to work towards achieving the equivalent of 3 ‘A’ level qualifications leading towards a career or a higher education course in art at university. University courses and careers in art and design are many and varied. It is sometimes difficult to make a decision to specialise straight away from school, without knowing more about the possible HE courses or careers that are available to you. Not only is the course designed to help you decide which area of art and design will be most suitable to you for HE and career’s, but also to build on your previous experience and develop your skills in a full range of art and design subjects.

Course content

Year 1
Projects will involve the main areas of art and design activity, including fashion textiles, painting, visual communication, ceramics, art/design history, drawing and 3D design.

Year 2
Increasing specialism in chosen areas with tutorial discussion and support regarding career progression.

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design provides in-depth knowledge from a wide selection of areas in the creative field. The qualification builds and develops the necessary skills, techniques and attitudes to begin a successful professional career or move onto further study. It gives an understanding of the employment opportunities available in the art and design world so that you can progress into a specific area of work, and if already in employment, move onto a more responsible job or prominent position within the industry. The course structure can allow the qualification to be flexible to meet learners interests, abilities and aspirations.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade A* - C or equivalent.
You will also be expected to present a satisfactory portfolio.


Experimental solutions to a wide range of briefs are encouraged. Work is project based and as you progress through the course, you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced professionals who have a long history of success helping students achieve high grades often above their Minimum Target Grade. We also have significant success in placing students both in higher education and industry. A range of assessment methods are used. Certain aspects involve external projects and assessments. You are encouraged to evaluate your own progress using your own initiative and through tutorials. Formative and summative assessments provide the opportunity for detailed feedback.

Future opportunities

You can progress on to a Degree or Foundation Degree in a range of specialist studies e.g. graphic design, 3D design, fashion, textile design and fine art. You can also progress on to the BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design. Art and Design careers include: Commercial Artist, Art Director or Editor, Furniture Designer Illustrator, Artist in Residence, Jewellery Designer, Sculptor or Glass Blower. Fine Art careers: Art Educators, Art Historians, Art Critics or Art Gallery/Museum Curator. Textile Careers: Textiles design for Fashion or Interiors, Accessory Designer, Milliner, Upholsterer or Film Set Designer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mid Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 08 April 2016

Key information