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Art BTEC Double Award at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

The qualification is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study. This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression to higher education courses in art and design areas before entering employment. The additional qualification(s) studied allow learners either to give breadth to their study programme by choosing a contrasting subject, or to give it more focus by choosing a complementary subject.

Btec Art and Design is a purely practical Level 3 qualification. It is designed for students who work better with project briefs and who do not want to do extended written elements. There is no exam, as each unit is suggested by the exam board and grades are submitted throughout the course. It is a 2 year commitment, and can be studied alongside A-Levels and other Level 3 qualifications. It is perfect for students hoping to get a portfolio together for entry into an Art Foundation Degree, vocational degrees, apprenticeships and jobs in the creative industries.

Course content

The course is structured around compulsory and optional units.

The titles are dictated by the exam board but content is driven by the staff and students.


Mandatory units are:

Visual Recording and Communication

Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design

The Creative Process

Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design

Developing an Art and Design Portfolio

Developing and Realising Creative Intentions


Further units are taken from a wide range of titles and are written to build on the strengths of the students on the course. These can cover such skills as




3D design

Entry requirements

Average GCSE points score of 4.5 and GCSE Art at 4 or above.


Continuous assessment of 8 units - grades submitted throughout the two year course

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Foundation courses in Brighton or Eastbourne and then onto degree courses in Fine Art, Graphics, Fashion Design, Photography, 3D design, theatre design etc

Apprentiships can be sought in the creative industries ranging from Graphics, advertising, media

Further information

Course Leader:


Mrs Bethan Archer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September