Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a two year programme, 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
(Art and Design 90 Credit Diploma in year 1, progressing to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in year 2).


The Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a practical, work related course. Students produce work which investigates and develops both their creativity and  theoretical knowledge of art and design.

At the end of the second year students produce both a portfolio of their practical art & design project work and a final exhibition showcasing their work.

The Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is taught at our campus in Longbridge, Birmingham.


18 units in total
5 core units
3 final major project (externally assessed)
10 specialist units including
Photography, craft, painting, textiles, printmaking, digital and interactive arts and design

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, lectures, one- to-one personal tutorials and portfolio development.

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


A grade scale of Pass, Merit and Distinction is applied to all units.
Students put together a portfolio for all units.  Three of these units are externally assessed in the form of the final major project.

Qualification Gained

Art and Design BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in year 1
Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in year 2

On successful completion of Years 1 and 2, students will be awarded Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Opportunities for Progression

Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress onto the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, directly onto the Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice at Bournville College or progress onto higher education programmes at other institutions, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are also valued by employers.

Entry Requirements

  • Merit or Distinction at BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design
  • At least 4 GCSEs grade A – C including Art or Art & Design subject
  • Students will need to attend an interview with examples of their art work
  • All applicants must have a good reference
  • Applications from mature students are welcome

For International Students, Secure English Language Test at B2 level, such as IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent

Advanced Learner Loans

From 1st August 2016, anyone aged 19 or over may apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your tuition fees.  The new loans will replace the outgoing 24+ Advanced Learning Loans that were available previously.

For more information visit Advanced Learner Loans.

For Further Information

If you are interested in studying Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300, call in or email [email protected]


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