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Art and Design OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma at The Thomas Aveling School

Course description

OCR Art and Design IS A TWO YEAR COURSE equivalent to TWO traditional A Levels. It will cover many aspects of Art and Design with an emphasis on work related/vocational projects. A working knowledge of materials, practices and technology will be developed whilst working within a range of disciplines. The development of a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and contemporary society is encouraged throughout the course. Activities will be balanced, some to allow personal development and others to enable the ability to meet a set brief.

Course content

One mandatory Unit, Art and Design in context. Students will then complete a variety of projects that together form the evidence needed for 11 further units.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade A* - C, including level 2 vocational qualification in Art and Design/Textiles - Merit or Distinction. GCSE Art and Design/Textiles grade C or above.


All units are internally assessed, and then externally moderated at the end of year 12 and 13 Time plans for each unit, and criteria marking will be provided at the beginning of each unit and should be inserted into your sixth form handbook. AS students will be awarded a D, DM, MM, MP or PP A2 students will be awarded a D*D*, D*D, DD, DM, MM, MP or PP

Future opportunities

There are many careers in art, craft and design.  Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university.  At present most students wishing to take art, craft or design further will go on to do a one year ‘Foundation’ course at an Art College or University before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of art and design.  This could lead to careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing and the media.  The study of Art can also help you develop transferable skills you can take into any career or job.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Aveling School directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years