BTEC Art and Design



Course details
Qualification Number

Level – LEVEL 3

Qualification Title – BTEC Level 3 ART & DESIGN (Subsidiary Diploma)

General/Vocational – Vocational Course
Course Duration – 2 years (Yr.12 & 13)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Learning provider: St Joseph’s Sixth Form Centre

Language: English

Venue: ‘On site’

Start date: September 2014

End date: May 2016

Include exams: No


Course Summary

The BTEC National in Art & Design is a vocational, work related qualification that provides students with the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and subject related skills. This Level 3 course encompasses many different fields, including graphic design, print, fine art, illustration, 3D studies and ceramics – so there are many career options available following this broad based approach to art and design. 


The qualification is structured into mandatory units and optional units. The art & design course leader will set unit assignments throughout the two year course for students to complete. The assignments may take the form of projects where students research, plan, prepare, make and evaluate a piece of work, sketchbooks, case studies and presentations.
There is no formal examination within this art and design course.

The following qualification can be gained from this course:
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Entry Requirements

St.Joseph’s Art Department would prefer to accept students who have gained a minimum of a Level 2 pass or a C grade at GCSE level. However, students are welcome to apply and be accepted for the course through the route of a portfolio interview even if the student has not achieved the grades required.


The units covered in Year 12 include:

Unit 1 – Visual recording in art and design

This unit encourages students to see as artists/designers. New processes and techniques are introduced which in turn help students to recognise the creative  potential of less obvious primary sources.

 Unit 2 – Materials, techniques and processes in art and design

Within Unit 2, students learn how to develop their own work in an exciting and creative way using specialist methods and techniques.

 Unit 3 – Ideas and concepts in art and design

For all artists and designers the essential starting point in creating successful work is generating and developing ideas. As an art practitioner, within this unit, it will be essential to refine your own ideas to suit a given brief and then to present your ideas and outcomes coherently to an audience or client.


The units covered in Year 13 include:

Unit 4 – Communication through art and design

In order to become effective communicators as artists and designers, students will need to unpick the elements of visual communication, such as size, colour, shape, texture and structure.  This unit and design brief encourages students to understand how artists and designers use visual communication within their work and to justify outcomes against the each set task.

Unit 5 – Computers in art and design

The computer in art and design is simply another medium used to produce creative outcomes. Unit 5, enables artists to extend their range of techniques, develop their practice and to extend their repertoire of skills.

Progression routes

Following this two year course, students can either take a career pathway in art and design or further continue art and design studies on a one year foundation studies course, leading to a degree level, subject related line of study.

Possible careers in art and design include:


Further Details

Please contact the Art & Design Department at St.Joseph’s Sixth Form Centre.