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Art and Design Diploma Level 2 at West Lancashire College

Course description

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design is a practical, career-focused course. You will learn by doing a series of Art & Design projects, you will also study functional skills at an appropriate level, plus a supporting GCSE in photography.

This course is for anyone who wishes to gain a vocational qualification in Art & Design. It is ideal if you are straight from school or have been out of education for a while and is particularly suitable if you don’t have many qualifications but want to progress your career.

Successful students tend to have:

  • plenty of new ideas
  • the ability to work independently
  • an understanding of design
  • a passion for self expression

A certain level of manual dexterity will be required for Art and Design courses.

Course content

Subjects include:

  • Drawing and painting
  • Graphics
  • Multi-media
  • Photography
  • Print-making
  • 3D design
  • Textiles and fashion

During the latter part of the course you will be able to specialise in one of your favourite subject areas.

Students will be able to undertake an additional GCSE Level course in Photography or Art or Design.

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and we will be looking for an appropriate standard of English and maths.


All units are assessed graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Controlled test projects are part of the assessment process.

Future opportunities

This course will enable you to progress to higher-level programmes such as the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design or Photography.

This course aims to help students gain employment in the art and design industry at a junior level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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