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BTEC ART and DESIGN at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

BTEC is a qualification in which students focus on work-related art, as well as being flexible enough to include personally expressive art work. It is a nationally recognised and respected qualification in the Art and Design world, and has a very wide and exciting range of units covering all aspects of Art and Design. Assignments set will include elements of: Design crafts, Fine Art, Graphic design, Photography, Textiles. There will be some opportunities to select specific approaches appropriate to the interests of the student as the course develops. Practical necessities and timetabling will inevitably limit this provision, but we aim to include as many as is practicable.

Course content

BTEC Art and Design is suitable for students who have a real enthusiasm for studying art and are keen to work within a framework of coursework based modules, which have some flexibility and personalised focus.

Year 1 of the course results in the award of the Subsidiary Diploma, equivalent to 1 A Level.  Continuation onto year 2 leads to the Diploma, equivalent to 2 A Levels.  There are three Units in the first year (one mandatory and two optional), and in the second year students will study a further three mandatory units to make up a total of 6 (four mandatory and two optional) for the full course. The Subsidiary Diploma (year 1) counts as one A Level, and the Diploma (year 2) as 2 A Levels.

Entry requirements

You should meet the standard 6th Form entry criteria.  It is preferred that students have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Art, or a Merit at Level 2 BTEC in this or a related subject.  However, students who are keen to study Art and Design but do not meet the full entry criteria will be considered on an individual basis.

Enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and persevere are very important, as is spending time out of lessons building up and further developing your work. Students will need to be prepared to provide some of their own art media and materials. You will be told of the specific requirements when you start the course.


There are no exams on this course; it is comprised of 100% coursework which incrementally builds to the achievement of pass, merit or distinction.

Future opportunities

Students who achieve a BTEC at 6th Form level would find it very easy to progress onto the higher BTEC Diploma and Art Foundation courses at Art College, and potentially directly onto degrees if the portfolio of work is strong enough.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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