Art & Design – BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design


This BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design is equivalent to two A Levels. The course equips students with in-depth knowledge into a wide selection of areas within the creative fields of Fine Art, Design and Textiles. The course structure can allow the qualification to be flexible to meet learners’ interests, abilities and aspirations.

Students can add an A Level in an Art based subject to make a full-time Art package. Students are asked to make a £20 contribution towards materials at the beginning of each year and are expected to have their own drawing and painting materials for use at home.

Course Content

For the BTEC Level 3 Diploma, there are six mandatory units (3 of which are externally assessed), plus two optional units from a range of professional specialist areas including Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textiles and Photography.

Students will contribute to the course Blogs, Youtube and Flickr pages as well as build their own e-portfolio. Upper Sixth students hang and host a public exhibition at the end of their course.

The essential elements of the course give students a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamentals of Art and Design – techniques and materials, concepts and influences, visual recording and communication – which allow them to eventually specialise in an area of their choice.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips to galleries, outdoor drawing opportunities and photoshoots, external competitions, participation in a local craft fair and talks by visiting speakers, including a variety of local designers and artists.


The Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design builds and develops the necessary techniques and attitudes to begin a successful professional career, or move on to further study. It gives an understanding of the employment opportunities available in the Art and Design world so that students can progress into a specific area of work after completing an Art Foundation course or specialist degree. Our progression onto Higher Education is very high every year.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above with English and Mathematics at 3 or better (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students should also meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • GCSE Grade 4 in Art or relevant Design Technology OR
  • Merit in BTEC Level 2 Art & Design plus a suitable portfolio

Four units are externally assessed over the 2 years, the rest is coursework. The points achieved on each unit will be added together to form an overall grade.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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