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Art and Design BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Course Overview:

BTEC Nationals are qualifications that are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment.

The Course

BTEC National Certificate

The 720 taught hours (usually 12 units) BTEC National Certificate provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC National Diploma offers flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the specialist units. It is broadly equivalent to two GCEs or the full award AVCE.

The intention is to study a broad range of artistic styles. From this the student can then specialise in one area. The specialism includes painting, print making, sculpture, drawing, illustration, graphic design, textile design. This course is equivalent to 2 A2 A Levels on completion and may allow direct entry to University courses without having to complete the one year Art Foundation Diploma. This course is usually provided at post 16 colleges.


Entry requirements

Conditional Place:        GCSE C and above in Art and Design.

                                          GCSE C in English

                                          An interview with course tutors with a portfolio of work.

Year 1:                                      BTEC    Diploma            Core Modules

Year 2:                                      BTEC    Diploma.           Specialism on completion of year 1


Coursework assignments assessed throughout the course

Financial information

Students will need to purchase the following:

Acrylic Paints, Drawing Pencils, Colouring Pencils, The Art Book (Phaidon) 20th Century Art Book (Phaidon)

Future opportunities

BTEC Level is a useful qualification for progression into diploma courses in
graphic design or art based careers in theatre design, advertising and
printing. The qualification will be a requirement for admission to
foundation courses, which lead on to degree courses in fine art, fashion,
graphic design, jewellery design, sculpture and a multitude of other
courses in media, advertising and theatre. Over the last 5 years we have
had students progress to visual degree courses at Goldsmiths, Slade, St
Martin’s, Brighton, Nottingham, Leicester, KIAD, Kingston Farnborough and
Camberwell. We pride ourselves on trying to push our students to fulfil their
potential and be competent practitioners. We have very strong links with
art foundation centres throughout the county.

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: 22 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September