Access to HE – Art and Design – September 2022

Start Date: 20 September 2022
Funding information: Free for First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds otherwise Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This diploma covers a range of topics designed to allow you to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of Art and Design and visual communication. You will the opportunity to look at different areas of art and design, including textiles, graphic design, photography, ceramics, and perspective drawing and presentation skills. You will work within industry standard workshops, developing skills with experienced professionals.

Throughout the Diploma, you will also develop transferable skills such as creativity, independent study, critical engagement and communication skills.

Your time on the course will help you to develop key transferable skills for the workplace, such as effective communication, team-working and collaborating, and sourcing and utilising evidence.The course prepares you for higher education subject including, but not limited to architecture, ceramic design, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography, sculpture, textiles and other art/design disciplines.

Additional units, will focus on presentation skills, writing assignments and developing progression skills which will help you to develop key academic skills and prepare you for study at higher education level.

You will have a Personal Tutor who will support you throughout the programme, as well as access to the a Support Coordinator who offers advice on returning to learning, finances, progression and wellbeing.

Upon successful completion of this Diploma, students will be able to:

  • Approach various art and design aspects from different perspectives
  • Develop a range of skills and art and design
  • Apply effective communication skills across a range of art and design disciplines
  • Develop self-esteem and confidence to maximise learning potential
  • Develop core research, referencing and study skills for success in HE

Ultimately, the Access to HE course will prepare you for study at higher education level.

Course Content

To successfully complete the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve a total of 60 credits. These credits will be achieved through completion of the following units (unit credit value in brackets):

  • Ceramics – Working with Clay (3)
  • Colour Theory and Application (3)
  • Contextual Studies in Art and Design (6)
  • Drawing for Art and Design (6)
  • Graphic Design (3)
  • Major Project in Design (6)
  • Mounting an Exhibition in Art Design (3)
  • Observed Drawing (3)
  • Portfolio Development in Art and Design (3)
  • Presentation Skills in Art and Design (3)
  • Professional Practice (3)
  • Textiles (3)
  • Presentation Skills (3)
  • Producing a Written Assignment (3)
  • Progression Skills (3)
  • Research and Referencing (3)
  • The Creative Process (3)

Entry Requirements

You will need a grade C/4 in GCSE English and GCSE maths.

Enrolment will be subject to an initial progression discussion and, in cases where English and maths qualifications are not currently held, an initial assessment may be required to determine the most appropriate level of entry. A portfolio of art work or examples of creative evidence will also be required.

The Access to Higher Education courses have been designed predominantly for older students returning to education. However, each application will be considered on an individual basis, on the condition you are aged 19 or over by the course start date and hold GCSE grade C/4 or above in English.

Assessment Methods

  • practical assignments
  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • portfolio


The aim of this qualification is to prepare students for progression into higher education subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Architecture
  • Ceramic design
  • Fine art
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Fashion design
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Please note: students are strongly advised to contact universities prior to commencing this Access to HE Diploma to check the university’s specific entry criteria. The award of a Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK higher education programmes – each university has its own criteria for entry.


    £3928.00 incl VAT