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Visual Arts: Art & Design (BTEC Extended Diploma) at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

This is a course which gives students a wide experience of art and design and which prepares them for application to degree and other higher level courses in all aspects of the subject.

Course content

Students take 18 units in total. This is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Units include:
Unit 1: Visual Recording
Unit 2: Materials, Techniques and Processes
Unit 3: Ideas and Concepts
Unit 4: Communication through Art & Design
Unit 5: Contextual Influences
Unit 6: Application, Exploration and Realisation
Unit 10: Personal and Professional Development
Unit 34: Image Manipulation - Computers

Then another nine units from areas such as:
• Textiles
• Photography
• Painting
• Multi-disciplinary

The course programme uses assignments to complete the required number of units according to the specialist areas that each student chooses to follow.

Entry requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma or CACHE Diploma:

BTEC Extended Diploma and CACHE Diploma courses are equivalent to studying 3 A levels, so have the same entry requirements as for A level. The only difference is that other courses equivalent to GCSE (e.g. BTEC First Diplomas and OCR Nationals) count towards entry requirements for BTEC/CACHE, while only GCSEs count for an A level programme. You need:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE or merit on an equivalent course
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE or equivalent
• On BTECs you should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics, with at least a grade 3 or D grade in the other one. If you do have a grade 3 or D in one of these two key subjects, you will be required to re-take this GCSE in addition to your BTEC Diploma. CACHE requires a grade C or 4 in English, Mathematics AND preferably Science.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

Standard BTEC entry requirements apply. In addition, a GCSE pass (A-C or grade 4 and above) in Art, Graphics, Textiles or Design and Technology is essential. Students must be prepared to work hard and have a passion for this subject. A personal approach is encouraged throughout the course and it is expected that students will work in their own time to independently develop their projects.


Coursework (100%)
Final Major Project Included
Examining Board – Edexcel.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Solihull directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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