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Art and Design BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate at Chace Community School

Course description

Core Units: 

  • Visual recording and communication: Students will be given a brief set by the exam board.  This is to be carried out under supervised conditions, totalling three hours.  Students will have a set amount of time prior to the three hours to prepare their response. This will be a practical response.  Students will explore painting, drawing, printmaking and 3D materials. 
  • Critical and contextual studies:  Students will be given a research brief, set by the exam board.  This is to be carried out under supervised conditions, totalling five hours.  Students will have a five weeks prior to the five hours to prepare their response. This will be a written task.
  • The creative process:  Students will explore and experiment with a wide variety of materials, leading towards a final piece. Students will have the opportunity to explore, painting, drawing, 3D process and batik.   

Optional Specialist units we intend to study:

  • Photographic materials, techniques and processes:   Students will experiment with a variety of photographic materials, learning both digital and darkroom processes. 

Students are encouraged to take part in work experience placements to further develop their knowledge and understanding.

Trips to galleries and museums will be organised and students are expected to visit galleries in their own time. 

Entry requirements

To follow a full time vocational curriculum in our sixth form at Level 3  you must have achieved a minimum of 4 A*-C grades at GCSE including a C grade in English and a D grade in Maths.  Students that have achieved 5 A*-C grades including both English and Maths are welcome to select BTEC courses alongside other A-level options if they wish.  The art department will be pleased to consider students who have followed a GCSE course in Art and Design. 


Students will be continually assessed throughout the course. There will be formal deadlines which students will be expected to meet.  At the end of each half term, formal assessments and portfolio reviews will take place. 

Future opportunities

The course is designed for students who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the creative industries.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years