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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Congleton High School

Course description

Are you the sort of person who is visually aware and enjoys working in a creative environment? Do you like to experiment with ideas and techniques to find innovative methods of solving problems? Do you admire good design and want to extend your knowledge of Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textiles, Architecture, Digital Image Making, 3D-Studies and many more aspects of Art and Design? Do you see yourself working in the Design Industry environment?

If this sounds appealing to you then BTEC Art and Design could be the course for you.

Course content

This is a single award course that is the equivalent to one A Level. It consists of 4 units taken over Year 12 and Year 13, 3 of which are mandatory and 1 of which you can select on the basis of personal preference to help you progress towards your chosen career. These could include Graphic Design, Fashion, Textiles, Fine Art, Ceramic Design, Photography and others.

If you want to specialise in a particular aspect of design you are able to select units that allow you to do this. For example, Sculpture, 3D Design and Spatial Design would allow you to follow a ‘3D’ pathway. There are other clusters of units available and students are given an opportunity to make their own choices, eg Fine Art or Fashion.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you have GCSE Grade C Art and Design. You will require a ‘C’ grade in English Language to be able to complete the Art Historical/Contextual aspect of this course.


You will enjoy independent research; practical, theoretical and technical tuition; individual support, guidance and feedback on progress; lectures and discussion and gallery visits.

Assessment includes internal marking of all units and external moderation of most units. Some units may have a final design solution which is produced in a specific time allowance. All assessment is through ‘portfolio’ assessment that takes place at the end of year 13.

Future opportunities

This course provides a good opportunity to progress directly on to an Art and Design degree course. Students are given the opportunity to see the wide choice on offer at the UCAS Art and Design Course Fair at the GMEX Centre, Manchester.

Former Art and Design students have gone on to university to study Architecture, Surface Pattern Design, Fashion and Textiles, Fashion Management and Marketing, Graphic Design, Photography, Footwear, History of Art, Film and Media, Illustration, Jewellery Design, Product Design and Ceramics and Glass Design.

Fashion Management and Marketing is a useful stepping-stone to a career as a ‘buyer’ for a large fashion retail company and can lead to senior management positions. Film and Media provides opportunities in video game produce and animation. Product Design can lead to careers in concept design for the car industry. Teaching at both primary and secondary levels can also be accessed via this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Congleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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