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Level 1 BTEC Certificate/Diploma in Vocational Studies (Art & Design) at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This level 1 Study Programme provides a key foundation in developing your confidence and study skills. The Study Programme will help to inform your progression to a more focussed specialist area at level 2.

Over the academic year you will study a number of specialist art and design units such as: 2D & 3D Design, Drawing and Painting which will support you in developing your skills, knowledge and understanding of colour theory, the formal elements and the process of design.

In addition you will study core units in: English, Maths and IT subject areas which are vitally important for your progression into employment, apprenticeships, higher education or to progress to the next level of your course. You will also complete 30 hours of work experience.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your:

• portfolio specialist portfolio in areas e.g. general art and design

• confidence in developing your ideas and presentation techniques plus specialist skills e.g. sketchbooks to record and communicate your ideas

• understanding of contextual arts, industry roles and responsibilities

• English and Maths through either a Functional Skills or GCSE retake programme

• English, Maths and IT skills through the vocational assignments

• employability skills e.g. self-management, organisation, problem-solving, leadership and communication skills.  You will develop your personal values and demonstrate adaptability, sensitivity, reliability and be supportive to your peers by working with other level 1 learners on collaborative projects

Entry requirements

You will need to have 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or better, to include an Art or Design related subject.

In addition

• A portfolio or a body of recent art/design work that reflects your interest, ability and a keen desire to learn about art and design must be presented at interview
• Show at the Welcome Event an interest in the Art and Design Industry
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Course work is continually assessed by a range of methods which may include projects, assignments, case studies, course work, self-assessment, feedback from clients and panel reviews. The grade of pass may be awarded to course work.  

There is regular one to one tutorial provision.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This qualification helps you to progress on to

• the BTEC Level 2 Certificate/Extended Certificate Study Programme in Art & Design

• traineeship, apprenticeships within the wider commercial/creative based industries and supported through Cambridge Regional College

• employment e.g. junior assistant within the arts/crafts retail industry

Please note in order to progress to a Level 2 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate Study Programme in Art and Design you will need to pass your Level 1 BTEC Diploma.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 July 2018
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