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Art & Design - Cambridge Technical Diploma Level 2 at Alton College

Course description

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to be work-focused.  They are designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to you.  The assessment for the qualifications is task-based, so you won’t need to take exams to achieve Cambridge Technical’s qualifications.

Course content

All lessons will take place in the specialist Photographic and Art & Design teaching rooms, IT suite, darkroom and studios. Whilst many lessons will be practical you will also be studying and discussing the work of other artists, such as graphic designers, textile artists and photographers. You will work on a series of units each lasting from 5 to 6 weeks and each introducing you to new processes and different topics. Sufficient basic and specialist equipment is available for use during the course although you may find it advantageous to have access to a digital compact or SLR camera, in order to expand learning and to pursue work outside College.

You will be taught in the College’s photographic department and the Michael Gray Art and Music Centre by enthusiastic and experienced staff.  You will be covering units such as:

  • Exploring the work of artists and designers
  • Exploring self-image
  • Exploring photography
  • Exploring graphic design and illustration
  • Exploring fashion and textiles
  • Producing art or design work for sale

Entry requirements

Students studying a Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma In Art & Design programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score or at least 3.0 or above including a D in Mathematics and English or a Pass in the BTEC Diploma in Vocational Studies. You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' and entering your predicted grades.


You will study a total of six units during this one year course, all of which are assessed by coursework.  This qualification is internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR Visiting Moderators.

This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

You will be given the opportunity to access the full range of grades.  The pass assessment criteria in each unit indicate the level required to achieve the unit at a pass grade. Within each unit there are opportunities to achieve merit or distinction grades.  You will have safe and equal opportunities to generate evidence.  You will gather evidence to show how you have met the assessment criteria for the units.

Financial information

As well as providing your own pens, pencils, sketchbooks, memory cards, portable storage devices or USB stick etc, you will need to consider borrowing or purchasing a digital camera and fabrics may need to be purchased for the textiles unit.  If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Future opportunities

What progression opportunities do Cambridge Technicals provide?

The great thing about Cambridge Technicals is that they still give you a choice of opportunities once you have completed them. The choices open to you are:

  • Further education, such as a higher-level qualification at  Alton College
  • Employment & training, where you can put your new practical skills towards generating an income

Progression to further qualifications

After the course, if you have achieved a Merit or Distinction grade, you could have the opportunity to go on to study on the BTEC Level 3 Art & Design course, if you are considering entering the creative industries. Or you might go onto another suitable Level 3 course, tailored to your interests and career aspirations.

Progression to employment

This qualification is also designed to enable you to enter employment.  You would normally enter employment through a work-related training programme.  For example, after achieving an OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Art & Design you may:

  • enter employment
  • enter employment and undertake a related qualification at a level appropriate to the job role
  • enter employment and undertake other related occupational qualifications

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alton College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016

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