BTEC Art & Design

During the course you will build up a portfolio of work which will be continually assessed through personalised written and verbal feedback and against exam board criteria.

Each unit will be graded (Pass, Merit, Distinction) and an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* will be achieved on the successful completion of the course.

As well as Practical and portfolio work you are likely to be assessed through visual and oral presentations of your work. To succeed on this course you will need to be self-motivated and organised as you will be expected to take control of your own learning and progress. You will also need to have an interest in learning new skills in within Art and Design and be willing to experiment with new materials.


Examination Board



4 units- 3 internal and 1 external exam each worth 25%

A creative course for students who wish to experience a wide range of Art disciplines such as drawing, painting and printing but is combined with design based projects that respond to a given brief allowing students to follow through the design process and produce a confident outcome, these include textiles, ceramics, product design and photography. This allows for a greater exploration through several mini projects rather than specialising in a focused area.


Unit Content

There are 4 units in total, 3 of the units are determined internally and 1 unit is an externally set practical exam which students will sit in the June of their second year.

Units studied within the course are:

    • Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design
    • Communicating Ideas in 2D
    • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
    • Creative Project in Art and Design

Students will present their work as a portfolio and are encouraged to explore their own interests to become creative and imaginative with their work. Students will build up their practical skills and techniques through a range of different specialist areas in the first 3 units, which will help students to identify their favourite specialism for their external exam in their second year.


Career Progression

By studying the BTEC Art and Design course students will be able to go onto studying a wide variety of Art and design A level courses including Fine Art, Textiles design, Graphics, Photography and product design. This is due to the content of the BTEC qualification covering so many different areas within and Design. Students may then decide to study Art and Design specialist courses at higher education. Some career opportunities could be; Art and Design Teaching, Fashion designing, Designing in any Art and Design area, Textiles/ fashion buying, Product design , Art and Design marketing and many more.


Extra Curricular

We hold a number of competitions each year with a range of themes and challenges. We look to take students on inspirational trips and exhibitions to enhance motivation and stimulate minds. Twilight and lunch time clubs are offered on a weekly basis throughout the year.





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