BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design | Walsall College

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design

This course will equip you with a good understanding of a range of practices and enables you to develop your skills further through the introduction of a number of ambitious and exciting projects. Specialist pathways support the continued development and investigation of areas including Printmaking, Graphic Design, and Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture and Time-Based Media), Photography, Textiles, Spacial design and 3D Design.

You will be encouraged to find your own methods of expression through a series of individually motivated and innovative projects, culminating in a large scale exhibition. Equally, you will be asked to consider the professional and vocational aspects of their studies through the completion of a Professional Practice unit.

Throughout the course there may be regular trips to national galleries and museums, including London, Liverpool and Oxford. Similarly, there may be opportunities to visit Europe on a residential trip.

Private study is required and the course offers opportunities to gain further qualifications in Functional Skills English, Maths and or ICT and GCSE.


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4 GCSEs at grades C/GCSE grade 4 or above including English Language and/or Maths. Or a Level 2 related qualification. All applicants will need to attend an interview.

Many learners may wish to gain the level 3 90 Credit qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress and ‘top-up’ to a larger qualification such as the level 3 Extended Diploma which is available as a one year top-up programme upon successful completion of the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma. The Extended Diploma top-up is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels and offers enough UCAS point to gain access to a chosen University. University (Degree courses), Higher Education providers HNC/D, Foundation in Art and Design, employment, apprenticeships.

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Basic Information

Course Code P01F3ARD9P
Location Wisemore Campus
Level Level 3
Type Full-Time/Part-Time
Fee Aged 16-18: FREE, Aged 19 & Over: Call to speak to Student Finance
Start Date Sep 09 2019

Special Information

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan - If finances have been holding you back from starting a course, you can now apply for a loan to help with the cost of these fees!



Maths & English Requirement

English and Maths is a mandatory part of the 16-19 study programme.
If you have GCSEs in English and Maths at:

  • A* - C or 4-9 - You will continue to study English and Maths but do not have to take another exam.
  • D or 3 - You will need to resit your GCSE English and Maths at college.
  • E, F or G / 1 or 2 - You will study for Functional Skills until you get to Level 1. Then you will take GCSE English and Maths.

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