Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design – September 2022

Start Date: 12 September 2022
Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds otherwise Adult Learner Loans available, costs apply.
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This 2 year course is designed to build on your prior experience and, in short, comprises of 2 stages: an exploratory stage and a confirmation studies stage.

The exploratory stage provides you with the opportunity to explore a number of art based disciplines and experiences such as fine art, textiles, illustration, print-making, photography, ceramics and design. During the exploratory stage you will focus on a broad range of skills and techniques. This is your chance to build on your skills and understanding and develop design, craft skills and techniques.

The confirmation studies stage helps you to become independent as you prepare for a final major project and an exhibition of your work. You will be undertaking a variety of projects which will include a wide range of materials and techniques. By the end of each year you will have a strong portfolio of work and will have completed final projects where you will have explored an area or product of your choice.

During this course you will be asked to carry out work experience that is relevant to the subject you are studying. This is with an external company and allows you to put what you will learn in the classroom into practice. It will also help you to develop a variety of different skills. Upon completion of the course and the industry placement, it can also help you to secure an apprenticeship, employment or assist you with your application for university. We recommend that you start thinking about your placement as soon as you have applied for your course and consider potential employers you may want to undertake the placement with to help you get the most out of the experience. For further information and advice on industry placements please contact the industry placement team on wex@chesterfield.ac.uk

Course Content

Areas of knowledge and skills include:

  • Drawing, painting
  • Fine art
  • Sculpture
  • 3D
  • Silversmithing
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Applied arts, design
  • Illustration
  • Visual communication

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C/4 or a Level 2 Diploma in a creative subject.

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio
  • Practical assessments
  • Coursework


The course has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to higher education and training or employment in the industry. The large qualification is designed for progression and to provide a substantial portfolio as an outcome of undertaking significant projects.


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