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BTEC Art & Design National Award National Certificate at Balby Carr Community Sports College

Course description

The BTEC Nationals in Art & Design are set out as either a one year or two year course, which provide an excellent progression route from the BTEC Firsts and GCSE courses followed at KS4. They are designed to allow the opportunity for students to study the subject from a vocational, work-related setting and to consolidate further the different specialism's studied previously. Students can expect to work from the familiar creative disciplines of drawing & painting, printmaking and 3D construction in Year One (Award), with the more specialised areas such as web design, papermaking and sculpture being introduced in Year Two (Certificate). On top of their practical development students will also have to explore the health and safety legislation which governs the Art & Design industry, as well as making important links with vocational practises and the work of other artists. These will be evidenced through annotation, case-studies and information gathered from visits to museums, galleries and different industries.

Course content

The BTEC Nationals in Art & Design are set out as either a one year or two year course, which provide an excellent progression route from the BTEC Firsts and GCSE courses followed at KS4. They are designed to allow the opportunity for students to study the subject from a vocational, work-related setting and to consolidate further the different specialism's studied previously. Students can expect to work from the familiar creative disciplines of drawing & painting, printmaking and 3D construction in Year One (Award), with the more specialised areas such as web design, papermaking and sculpture being introduced in Year Two (Certificate). On top of their practical development students will also have to explore the health and safety legislation which governs the Art & Design industry, as well as making important links with vocational practises and the work of other artists. These will be evidenced through annotation, case-studies and information gathered from visits to museums, galleries and different industries.

The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate consists of 12 units of work, with 6 being covered in the first year for the National Award, and with a further 6 units being covered in the second year for the full Certificate.

Entry requirements

The course has been designed as a perfect progression route for the students who achieved the BTEC Level 2 course at KS4 and would like to continue studying the subject within a vocational context. However, the course is also open to students who achieved a grade C or above at GCSE. More importantly we do expect all students to be enthusiastic about the subject and fully committed to the 10 lessons per week timetable, which is supported by self-study time.

Assessment

If successfully achieved the National Certificate is equivalent to two A-Levels and will be graded on a scale from Pass, Merit to Distinction, but pupils can decide to complete just the National Award in Year One, which is equivalent to one A-Level and is subject to the same grading system.

Future opportunities

The qualification lays an appropriate foundation for progression into further education or employment within the Art and Design industry. Typically students tend to follow a Post 18 Foundation Degree or a specialised Degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balby Carr Community Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 Year course

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