Art, Design & Photography

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design
  • English and maths at ana appropriate level

Summary of course

This fast-paced course will help you develop your skills in Art and Design, focussing on tattooing design and illustration, build your confidence and prepare you for entry on to Level 3 Extended Diplomas, specialist A Levels or employment.

You will explore a diverse range of specialisms within Art and Design, including drawing, fine art, textiles, photography and graphic design and work in a range of media and materials from charcoal to electronic media. The main aim of this course is to develop skills in drawing and painting to prepare for a portfolio in art and design.

You will be guided and supported throughout the course which is based on internally set and assessed projects. All project work includes opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy skills and students who have not gained GCSE 4 (C) Grade for Mathematics and/or English will resit these qualifications alongside their BTEC First Diploma.

A BTEC Level 2 Diploma is equivalent to four GCSEs Grades 9-4 (A*-C).

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Introduction to specialist pathways in art and design
  • Investigating contextual references in art and design
  • Visual arts briefs
  • Design crafts briefs
  • Photography briefs
  • Developing an art and design portfolio

Specialist Units:

  • Applying contextual references in art and design
  • Creative project in art and design
  • Recording for craetive intentions in art and design

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

On the BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design students will take a total of 9 units to complete the qualification. These will include 6 core units, 2 optional units. All work is internally set and assessed and may be moderated by the exam board.

All units are graded P (Pass), M (Merit), D (Distinction) or D* (Distinction star). Students are required to achieve a minimum of a pass in each unit to achieve the full qualification grade.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in pursuing a career in Art and Design and can demonstrate an enthusiasm for those subjects and are particularly interested in tattooing design and illustration techniques and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in Art and Tattoo Design Illustration.

Progression and Career Opportunities

A BTEC Level 2 Diploma provides a good grounding to go on to more advanced courses such as BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in:

  • Art and Design
  • Fashion and Clothing
  • Photography
  • Media
  • Illustration

You could also consider A Levels, other training schemes or employment.

To progress to any Level 3 course you will need to achieve BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a Merit Grade or above and GCSE English (or equivalent) at Grade 4(C) or above.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements including GCSE English and Art; you will also need a portfolio of artwork demonstrating your ability in Art and Design.

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

A portfolio review will be held as part of your interview.

If you are coming for an interview for any of the courses in Art, Design, Photography and Fashion, you will need to bring with you a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creativity, enthusiasm and shows the skills you have already developed.

Your portfolio could include GCSE coursework from art and design subjects and work you do in your own time. It should include a wide variety of different materials and techniques. We recommend your portfolio should include a well developed sketchbook and at least 3 A1 presentation sheets of your best selected work.

This course requires a good level of drawing ability. If you have not studied GCSE Art you need to bring with you examples of observational drawing from life (not from photographs). These could include: plants, fruit, vegetables, details of clothing. During your interview we will look through your portfolio so we can help you join the course that is right for you.

If you do not bring a portfolio to your interview we will have to re-arrange a convenient time for you to come back and show us.

General Info (materials required for the course)

A materials fee of approx. £75 is payable at enrolment, this covers all the specialist materials you use during the course, in addition to that you will pay £60 to cover all your trips during the year.

All of the above amounts are approximate and payable at enrolment.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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