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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Beal High School

Course description

This is a single option which is equivalent to one GCE A Level at the end of the two year course.

To broaden and extend students’ experience of art and design through a range of engaging projects.
The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of art and design at this level. Learners develop art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. They study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce art and design outcomes. It is designed for post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the creative industries, as part of a programme of study alongside other BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

To use critical thinking and apply expertise to creative solutions.
To learn how designers and artists use the work from other designers from the past and across the world to help inspire and inform their own work.
To gather information to support the development of ideas and final pieces.
To produce well-composed final pieces.
To learn to organise and control the use of time and workspace in a safe and efficient way.
To learn to work well with others and to extend learning skills.


The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Art & Design is a four unit qualification consisting of three mandatory units and one optional unit. All four units of work will be internally assessed whilst two units will be being externally assessed. The units will be studied over the two years and each unit will be assessed by a coursework assignment. All coursework is collected in a portfolio of evidence.

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Good attendance and an acceptance that all aspects of each unit will need to be completed, as it is not possible to pass the course if work is incomplete.
A willingness and an interest to learn through practical work using a variety of 2D and 3D processes where applicable.
The ability to evaluate and document work.
Students will be required to visit an art gallery or museum during this course.
It is essential to study an Art and Design based qualification if a student intends to follow this as a career course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beal High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years