BTEC Art & Design

BTEC Art & Design Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Entry Guidance:

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, or equivalent, including grade C in GCSE Art and Design or Merit  in BTEC First Certificate Art.  This course will only run if a sufficient amount of students express an interest.

Syllabus Outline:

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design

BTEC Courses equip learners with the tools needed for Higher Education and getting a job. BTECs have been developed in consultation with industry and professionals ensuring they are relevant, progressive and recognised by professional bodies, employers and universities. Learners are able to take these alongside A levels.

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a practical work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Methods of Assessment:

In order to achieve each unit, learners’ projects have to show achievement against a set of ‘outcomes’. Learners can complete their projects either as part of a group or individually with the option for work placement.

It is important to note that the BTEC is not an examination-based qualification. The projects that the learners produce form the basis of individual unit results and the then the overall result. Each unit is graded individually. The students get six separate unit results and one overall one. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction according to how the learner has performed against a set of criteria. Once the learner has completed all the six units Edexcel (the examination awarding body) calculates an overall Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. Learners completing the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma can use this qualification as UCAS tariff points.

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (which is equivalent to 1 Advanced GCE) is a 60 credit and 360 guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of four mandatory units plus optional units that give a combined total of 60 credits.

Core Units
  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication Through Art and Design
Optional Uni
  • Photography Location Techniques
  • Graphic Image Making

General Comments

We hope that this vocationally based qualification will be taken alongside current GCE A levels. We feel it would be beneficial for learners wishing to pursue a career path and progression route in the visual arts: Interior Design, Fashion Retail, Graphic Design and Freelance Photography.

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is normally taken full time alongside other qualifications and with its specialist unit focus on Photography and Graphic Design could be augmented with GCE’s such as Art and Design, Product Design, Media Studies and other subjects in order to produce a portfolio to gain employment or entry into Higher Education.

It must be noted that this is a two year course and all six units must be completed to gain a qualification.