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Art and Design BTEC Level 2 at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Is Art & Design for you?

  • You mostly achieved grades C-E at GCSE, including at least a grade D in GCSE Art and Design*
  • You have an enthusiasm and willingness to explore a broad range of artistic media, materials and techniques
  • You would like to develop the freedom to work on assignments of your own choice once you have learnt the basics

Course content

What will I learn?

Contextual References in Art & Design

You will examine the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople and use their ideas and techniques to inspire your work.

2D Visual Communication

You will work with two-dimensional media and techniques which may include paint, pencil, charcoal as well as software such as Adobe Photoshop.

3D Visual Communication

You will work with three-dimensional materials and techniques which could include wire, card, clay and plaster.

Using Ideas to Explore, Develop and Produce Art & Design

You will research, develop and produce a final piece, working to a brief of your own design.

Building an Art & Design Portfolio

You will prepare your own work for progression interviews – for employment or further/higher level study.

Working in the Art & Design Industry

You will develop your understanding of the Art & Design industry and the job opportunities within it.

The Art & Design department has excellent practical resources for all aspects of your coursework and teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy so you can always complete homework tasks or get extra subject support in the department, outside of your timetabled sessions. The course is also supported by the Learning Support team and learning mentors.

Entry requirements

You mostly achieved grades C-E at GCSE, including at least a grade D in GCSE Art and Design


There are no exams for this course – all assessment is through set assignments which you submit at various points through the year.

Future opportunities

If you wish to take your Art & Design training further, students progressing from this course with a Distinction could carry on to study on an Advanced Level programme, here at college.

The creative industries are one of the biggest employers in the UK.  Art and Design related subjects are valuable for careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, fashion design, graphic design, architecture, publishing and the media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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