Art & Design (Triple) BTEC Level 3 National

Board: Edexcel

About this subject

Equivalent to 3 A levels, the Extended Diploma is intended to be studied full time over two years as the substantial qualification of a learners’ study.

It is ideal for students who have a real enthusiasm for art and design who are seeking a career in this ever growing and exciting industry. Students explore a wide range of art and design pathways, before specialising in a creative area:

Art – Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Mixed Media and Sculpture
Graphic Communication – Illustration and Digital Design, Typography and Branding
Photography – Studio, Darkroom and Digital Software

Criteria of the course is flexible across the subject areas and unit content is designed to reflect the sectors that offer the most likely career opportunities in the creative field.

In the first year students gain work experience through vocational assignment briefs, whilst gallery and contextual visits also provide exciting enrichment tasks.
While the briefs are structured, they still allow for much personal expression.
Students can take up work experience placements in their second year of study whilst focusing on individual portfolios.

Learning styles

Students learn through specialist teaching and then respond to the brief.

The aim of the brief is to prepare students for work scenarios or university experience, focusing on research and idea development, technical skills and communication skills in addition to presentation work.

Students learn how to use research material to develop a rich portfolio of work whilst gaining an understanding of the career opportunities available in art and design.

Subject Combinations and Progression

On completion of the course the majority of students progress to higher education. Having gained the equivalent of 3 A levels in a single subject along with a substantial portfolio of art or design work, students feel prepared for degree study.

Many students are also keen to move straight into the work place and they take with them a wealth of skills that would allow them to work proficiently in a creative industry.

Subject Modules and Assessment

The course covers both practical and theoretical skills in art and design and has a rigorous academic focus. Exploration of Visual Recording and  Materials Techniques and Processes, in addition to optional units such as Photography, Graphic Design or Fine Art are covered in the first year before focusing on more specialist units set to suit the students interests in the second year.

The course is assessed both internally and externally through coursework, culminating in externally set assignments by the exam board.

Deadlines are minimised across pathways to allow for focus on achievement for each assignment.


Entry Requirements

4 in GCSE Art or relevant Creative Subject and English grade 4.
Merit in BTEC L2 Art and Design and English grade 4.