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Art and Design BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate at Easthampstead Park Community School

Course description

An Applied General Level 3 in Art and Design will immerse you in the world of Art. It will provide you with a vast array of creative skills and knowledge preparing you for a seamless transition into higher education or industry.

Art is an inspirational media which enhances your life experiences, your observational skills, your perception of the world around you. A diverse and limitless media, just waiting to be explored.

Course content

Mandatory Units

1. Visual Recording and Communication

2. Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design

3. The Creative Process

External Units (one choice from the following)

4. Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes

5. Textile Materials, Techniques and processes

6. 3d Design Materials, Techniques and processes

The mandatory and optional content provides a balance of breadth and depth, while retaining a degree of choice for individual learners to study content relevant to their own interests and progression choices. 

Entry requirements

A*-C GCSE grade in Art and English would be beneficial to any student wishing to enrol on the course


There are four units of which three are mandatory and one optional. Two are assessed internally (coursework) and two externally.The external assessment is worth 58% of the total mark.

Practical Assessments (marked by the centre)

Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication - 9 hours

This is a task-based assessment where students submit a portfolio of evidence to a pre-released theme. This allows students to showcase their visual recording and communication skills.

Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design - 5 hours

Students investigate art and design practitioners around a given theme and produce a written document which assesses their research skills and their ability to critically analyse text and images.

Most units are internally assessed and externally verified. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified.

Externally-assessed units

Each external assessment is linked to a specific unit and taken under exam conditions. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Art and Design suite are: 

●     performance – learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence 

●     set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available once or twice a year and learners can have only one resit attempt during the programme.

Learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to: write up the findings of their own research, use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes, demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate tools and processes. 

The Art department is embracing the 21st century and EPCS adoption of the new Google drive system. Staff can track and monitor progress of students’ work at all times by working in a virtual classroom. This exciting teaching development enables instant feedback on work, and the opportunity for collaborative work in a digital realm.

Future opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. Students can progress to a degree programme or into industry and apprenticeships. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easthampstead Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September