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Art and Design Level 2 Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

This one year practical course provides you with the opportunity to study a wide range of art and design. You will develop visual and practical skills to help you to further study and into creative occupations. This course is ideal for you if you are aged 16 and above including mature students. On this course you will work on projects using the following subject areas: Photography, Graphics, Drawing, Painting, 3D and Sculpture, Textiles, Fashion and Print. You are not expected to have previous experience in all of these areas of study but an ability to draw and a good sense of colour are important. Students can expect a programme of study that extends beyond the art and design course. This is likely to include Functional Skills (or GCSE) English and Maths where a Level 2 or GCSE Grade C or above is yet to be achieved. A Tutorial takes place each week and students will complete a study programme of Work Experience, Safeguarding (Keeping yourself and others safe in work and in your personal life); Understanding Equality and Diversity and Community based activities. Art and Design Students usually present an end of year art show and contribute to exhibitions during the year. This course normally starts in September but it is possible to join the course after this point and this would be discussed and agreed in an interview.

There are 3 stages to the course: Award - 1 - 12 credits (Approx. 4 Units including one externally assessed unit/project). Certificate - 13- 24 credits (Approx. 8 Units including two externally assessed units). Extended certificate - 25-36 Credits (Approx. 12 Units including 2 externally assessed units). Diploma - 37 credits and above (Approx. 11-13 Units in total) You study essential art and design core skills units and then apply them in specialist units. Subjects covered may include: Design Crafts Fashion and Textiles Photography Product Design Visual Arts Visual Communication e.g. Graphics and visual story telling. For each unit a brief will be set that identifies the tasks to complete as if you were in employment. You will carry out: Research, Experiment with materials. Plan your approach Complete work for submission. Review and evaluate your work. Two units of work have the brief set and moderated by the awarding body, BTEC. Every unit is graded as pass, merit or distinction and counts towards the final grade.

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 D or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level1. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to D 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 two units including controlled assessment (Assignments set by the awarding body and assessed then moderated by the awarding body). You will produce sketch books showing ideas and their development, a portfolio of work and select work to present in an end of course exhibition.

Future opportunities

Students may progress onto Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Art and Design or an Apprenticeship in a related area of work e.g. Printing, Photography, Media etc. Occasionally level 2 students can progress into employment with training.

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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