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Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

The Extended Diploma is a continuation from the Subsidiary Diploma The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A-Levels. A further nine specialist units are studied in year two which may include the areas of Photography, Painting, 3D Design, Fashion, Fine Art or Design Crafts.



The Extended Diploma qualification is the vocational equivalent of three A-levels at grade C or above, and through building a comprehensive Art and Design portfolio will facilitate your progression onto a wide range of higher education art or design courses or into employment.

There will be a wide range of subjects covered including, but not restricted to,

Contextual Influences in Art and Design Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design Professional Practice in Art & Design Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design Exploring Specialist Techniques Extending Specialist Techniques Graphic Media, Techniques and Technology Printmaking Developing and Realising Design Craft Ideas Fine Art Principles Developing and Realising Fine Art Ideas

You will also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English toGCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.


Assessment is throughout the year with no final examinations. You will produce a portfolio of practical work and select work to be exhibited at the end of the year show. Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units will also need you to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to your portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Successful learners will have the opportunity to progress on to the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 or 4 or another higher education course. Alternatively learners could enter employment or become self employed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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