Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Diploma

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This is a one year programme up to 5 days a week.


The Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Diploma is a practical work related course. The qualification is a workshop and studies based hands on course that is first and foremost about building a portfolio of art and design work.

The Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Diploma is taught at our campus in Longbridge, Birmingham.


It is a 6 unit course:
The course units are

  • 2d and 3d Communications
  • Vocational Context
  • Explore and Develop Ideas
  • Produce an Outcome

You also take 2 specialist units:

  • Working to Photography Briefs
  • Working to Visual Arts Briefs


Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a compulsory part of all Sixth Form Centre courses.  Students set targets to improve their skills, and gain qualifications, in English, Maths and/or IT. The Functional Skills and levels taken are based on initial assessment and previous GCSE results.  There is a particular emphasis on skills required for Art and Design.  Students build up a folder of evidence from their vocational work and may be required to sit one or more tests.

Teaching Methods

Students develop their skills through practical sessions, demonstrations, workshops, portfolio development, one-to-ones and personal tutorials.

Up to 20% of the learning on this course will be delivered online, through flipped learning or online lessons.


Students put together a portfolio for all 6 units of the BTEC Level 2 Diploma. Two of the units are externally set projects.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion of the programme students will be awarded a qualification that is the equivalent to 4 GCSEs grade A – C.

Opportunities for Progression

Students who complete the programme of Merit or above can progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

Entry Requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade D or above including GCSE Art and Design
  • A BTEC Introductory Diploma in Art (Distinction) or Merit grade plus 1 GCSE at grade D
  • A BTEC Introductory Certificate in Art (Merit or Distinction) plus at least 2 GCSEs at grade D or above
  • Students will need to attend an interview with examples of their art work
  • All applicants must have a good reference

For Further Information

If you are interested in studying Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Diploma, please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300, call in or email [email protected]


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