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Art and Design Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

The Subsidiary Diploma is delivered in year 1, on successful completion of students can continue to the Extended Diploma in year 2 which is the equivalent of three A-Levels.

The first year of the course develops skills in a range of art and design subjects, this enables students to select areas to specialise in during the second year. The first year includes units in drawing, contextual influences and theory, techniques, media, research and design.



The qualification seeks to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to work independently and to direct their own learning.

The structure of the qualification allows learners to apply their learned practical skills and theoretical knowledge as they explore their ideas within of a broad range of art and design disciplines such as drawing, painting or sculpture. Learners are encouraged to explore the unique characteristics of these different disciplines and the relationships between them, leading to exciting and innovative work.

The qualification requires learners to develop an effective working process through experimentation, discussion and feedback, which enables each learner to explore a diverse range of assignments and creative activities.

There will be a variety of subjects covered including, but not restricted to,

Visual Recording in Art and Design Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design Visual Communication Through Art and Design Design Methods Art & Design Collaborative Working in Art and Design Mixed Media Image Making Drawing from Observation Painting in Fine Art

You will also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English.

Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a minimum of Merit grade alongside functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2.

All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C/L2 or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.


Assessment is throughout the year with no final examinations. Learners produce a portfolio of practical work and select work to be exhibited at an end of the year show. Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work and projects set by the course team. Students will produce a portfolio of work that is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand in date that MUST be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units may also need students to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to their portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Successful learners may progress on to the Extended Diploma and then on to the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or another higher education course. Alternatively learners may enter employment or become self employed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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