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Art and Design: BTEC

Qualification: Level 3 extended certificate BTEC

Exam Board: Pearson

Entry Requirements: Grade 4 or above in GCSE Design & Technology or related, Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths.


Design for life

This course is very design based, as opposed to the Art and Design A-level, which is focused on fine art.

The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of design at this level. Learners develop design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. They study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce design outcomes.


The course

Mandatory elements are:

  • Visual recording and communication. 
  • Critical and contextual studies in art and design.
  • The creative process.

Then students will have a choice from the following:

  • Graphics materials, techniques and processes.
  • Interactive design materials, techniques and processes.
  • 3D design materials, techniques and processes.
  • Textiles materials, techniques and processes.
  • Fashion materials, techniques and processes.
  • 3D design craft materials, techniques and processes.


Beyond the classroom

Our Design and Technology department has friendly, supportive staff who frequently run support sessions for students outside of class. There is an excellent range of equipment, including a 3D printer and laser cutting machine.



The qualification is designed for post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the creative industries, as part of a programme of study alongside other BTEC qualifications and A-levels.

Student gain a range of employability skills, such as:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology.
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, selfpresentation.
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Students also gain a range of transferable skills that universities value, including:

  • The ability to learn independently.
  • The ability to research actively and methodically.
  • To be able to give presentations and be active group members.

BTEC learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.