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Art and Design BTEC Foundation Diploma Level 3 (1.5 x A level Equivalent) Edexcel at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

Art can indeed be fun, but it is also an unimaginable amount of work. It requires constant and ongoing effort. Many students spend more time on their art homework than they do on all of their other subjects put together. So art should be taken for one reason only: because playing with line, tone, shape, form, texture and colour fills you with joy.

BTEC art and design is a course that covers a wide range of units that are completely different. You will learn a range of skills enabling you to develop your knowledge in many different art and design practices. You will learn ceramic techniques, graphic design software, printmaking processes and fine art techniques, to name a few.

Course content

The course involves studying six units over two years. Each of the projects will be very different, giving you a wide range of skills from painting to printmaking and ceramics. You will learn different techniques and skills to build your knowledge for employment or further education within the arts.


The units that will be taught are listed below:


Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication

• Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies

• Unit 3: The Creative Process

• Unit 4: Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design

• Unit 12: Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes

· Unit 13: 3D Design Materials, Techniques and Processes

Entry requirements

We would recommend a grade 4/5 GCSE in art and design or BTEC at merit level 2.

We recommend that students looking to extend their knowledge and skills associated with art and design should have a portfolio of work prior to starting the course to demonstrate your existing knowledge and skills acquired.


You will usually attend six lessons a week, with the some lessons after school in twilight sessions. There will also be organised trips and independent gallery visits, building in preparation for your final pieces and portfolio at the end of the course.


In addition, you will study and work on your coursework in your own time. It is expected that for every hour of taught lesson, you will have one hour of independent study, plus revision of the course so far.


There is a sixth form work room in the centre of the art block where you will be expected to continue with work outside of classroom hours. Your teacher will also be your academic adviser who will be available to offer general guidance and advice on your studies. All resources for the lessons will be made available on Moodle.


The BTEC Diploma is graded distinction* - pass. Each unit may be graded differently based on your skills and work produced for each project. You will achieve the equivalent of one and a half A Levels by the end.

Future opportunities

Recent school leavers have gone on to continue studying at university to complete degrees in fine art, graphic design, visual communication, set design and illustration.


As this course is so broad you can select from a vast array of degree courses in the Arts. You will be guided by your teacher on the most suitable degree course for you, based on your strengths in each unit.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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