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Art and Design (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is designed to prepare students for employment in Art & Design and
for progression to Higher Education courses in Art and Design. 

Course content

This is a two year course and is equivalent to three A Levels. It is worth 180 credits that are achieved by completing five mandatory units and a range of Professional Specialist units.
The Mandatory units include:
• Visual Recording, which develops broad based drawing skills through direct
observation work and also introduces methods for gathering, using and presenting
visual research
• Materials, Techniques and Processes, which offers an in depth and reflective
approach to work with a range of media
• Ideas and Concepts, which is an opportunity to develop creative thinking skills and personal approaches to the subject
• Communication, which introduces ways to articulate ideas through the
development of visual language
• Contextual References, which practically explores the work of historical and
contemporary artists and designers
The Professional Specialist units enable the student to explore broad areas of Art and Design with an opportunity to specialize in the second year. The disciplines that are likely to be covered include printmaking, painting, sculpture, graphic design, fashion & textiles and 3D design crafts. In the second year, students work with negotiated projects for the development of personal approaches and to provide the opportunity to work within a chosen specialism.
Hours of lessons per week: 13

Entry requirements

The course is specifically designed for students who are keen to pursue a career in Art and Design.



All units are internally assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. Assessors are
specialist subject teachers and a Lead Verifier. The course is verified to meet national
standards by a Centre Assessor from Edexcel.

Future opportunities

Commonly, students progress to Higher Education to study for a degree in a variety
of disciplines and specialist areas of Art and Design.


Further information

Contact Name: Debbie Byrd Course Leader - Art
Email Name:

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ARN1-DJA119
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