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Art and Design BTEC Diploma level 2 at Leicester College

Course description

Our established visual arts department offers this BTEC level 2 diploma course aimed at those who are interested in art and design. It is a practical course and requires creative talent and a committed attitude. There is a strong emphasis on research, development and evaluation. The course is a one-year full time programme that leads to entry onto our range of level 3 extended diploma art and design qualifications. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

The BTEC level 2 course covers graphics, painting, drawing, ceramics, print making, photography, textiles, 3D design, and art history. You will also learn how to use appropriate machinery safely within our specialist workshops. You will have the opportunity to work with our own in house practitioners and also with external practitioners, developing and refining your creative skills. Projects are varied and allow the opportunity to explore and experiment with all pathways, resulting in finished pieces for your own on going portfolio.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. English and an art/design related GCSEs at grade 3 (D). Maths at grade 3 (D) or above is desirable. You will also require a portfolio which demonstrates your suitability for your chosen course.


All units are assessed through practical assignments.You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that provide guidance on how to improve your work.There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Financial information

Material fee £50.00. £30 trip fee.An art and design kit list will be provided for you to purchase which will cost within the region of £40-£60. This will be payable once the course commences.

Future opportunities

This successful completion of this course provides access to all our BTEC level 3 extended diplomas - (these are equivalent to three A levels) including: art and design, fashion; graphic design; and photography. You will also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to undertake junior roles within the art and design industry.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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