Art & Design Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Diploma)

Course Description

This two year full time course provides a broad education in art and design with students working through a wide range of art and design pathways such as: fine art, graphic design, mixed media, textile design, printmaking and photography. In the first year you will explore all art and design pathways whilst in the second year you will specialise and begin to create a portfolio of work that will either get you a place at university, an apprenticeship or job.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade A*C/9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics as well as a minimum grade C in GCSE Art & Design.

Course Content

The ethos of the course is based around students developing their understanding of theory and practice and their relationship to one another, developing their intellectual and imaginative powers and their capacity to understand, and communicate and make critical judgments about every aspect of art & design. In the initial introductory phase you will make and work in sketchbooks, exploring a wide range of materials, media, processes and techniques. You will explore the creative potential of a sketchbook learning how to develop narrative, layout skills, experimental skills etc. You will learn to develop ideas and contextualise your work . As your confidence grows and you become both creative and skilful at handling a wide range of media and materials you will explore your ideas on a large- scale that will allow you to use traditional and non-traditional art & design techniques, processes, materials and media. It is important that you learn how to develop a project that consistently pushes and really develops ideas along a creative path that meets the needs of the brief and breaks new ground creatively. To this end you will be asked to absorb all contemporary visual culture and bring in inspiration from not just artists and designers but from novels, films, music, poems, architecture, dance, adverts, TV and magazines. You will regularly attend exhibitions and artist led workshops. You will “top up” your core art & design studies with enrichment opportunities such as life drawing, animation and traditional darkroom photography techniques. These wide range of traditional and digital media, materials, processes and techniques that you will develop will allow you to stand out at university and apprenticeship/job interviews.


All work is coursework and assessed by an external moderator.

Future Career Opportunities

• Curator • Gallery Assistant • Studio Assistant • Community artist • Art therapist • Graphic designer • Textile designer • Art historian

Why Study at BSFC?

This Art & Design course provides students with access to direct entry at university, as their portfolios are fuller and more well-rounded than a fellow A level student studying one or two art & design subjects. This course is most suitable for those students who know their future lies within art & design.