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Art & Design - Level 3 BTEC at Ousedale School

Course description

The creative and cultural industries contribute just over £28 billion to the UK economy per annum. The creative economy accounts for over 7 percent of UK employment. Design skills are seen as vital for economic growth in the 21st century. The national design capacity – the supply of skilled individuals into the design industry, and a sound understanding amongst others of how design can be deployed for good – is vital for this growth.

The level 3 BTEC is a vocational course, designed to build up the student’s level of independent learning. It is 100% coursework and the students will complete a number of units to build up credits for the award. The number of credits will determine the level of the award. Students will complete the full diploma across the two years. Should students leave at the end of YR 12 and have sufficient credits they will be awarded a Level 3 certificate/subsidiary diploma in Art and Design.

This qualification was designed in close collaboration with industry, it is fully supported by the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the sector, Creative and Cultural Skills. A range of professional organisations/employers in the sector have also shown their support for BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design and is a recognised route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study.

Course content

The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design consists of four core units plus two specialist units that provide for a combined total of 720 guided learning hours (GLH) for the completed qualification and a total of 120 credits.

This course will give you a wide knowledge and understanding of art and design:

Year 1 will give you an Introduction to 2D and 3D Art and Design with the opportunity in Year 2 to specialise in Photography, Fine Art, Textiles and 3D Design.

Entry requirements

5 x GCSE A* - C or equivalent


BTEC in Art and Design is currently assessed solely by a portfolio of coursework; the coursework is continually updated and marked so students will always know exactly what is expected of them and what they need to gain the next level up.

Students work is subject to both internal and external moderated.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years