Art and Design

BTEC Level 3

The BTEC in Art and Design is a two-year art course equivalent to 3 A-levels. The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas and produce a portfolio that will help you to progress onto study at Higher Education, or employment.

During the first year, projects will cover painting and drawing, graphics/illustration, printing, contextual studies and photography.

This course is the equivalent to 2 A levels

How will I be assessed?

By a mixture of coursework (54%), an exam and controlled assessment (46%). Controlled assessment involves completing an assignment in exam conditions with support material


Unit you could study

  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
  • The Creative Process
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Managing a Client Brief
  • Developing and Realising Creative Intentions
  • Graphics for 3D
  • Branding in Graphic Design

Career Path

  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Fine Art
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Textile Design

More than just a course

You will enhance your understanding and appreciation of art and design. You will develop your practical skills. You will enhance your understanding of artists & designers and how they develop their work.

Unique Features

  • Trips to art galleries
  • Field visits to gather subject matter
  • Use of the specialist area in Art
  • Use of the specialist area in Photography
  • Access to specialist enrichment options
  • Open access studio
  • Active participation in our art show

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 grades 4-9 GCSE. including English language and/or Maths at a minimum of level 4.

If you have studied Art before you could bring and show your portfolio.

Students’ comments indicate that the work is challenging & interesting.  The relationship with teaching staff is excellent!