Art and Design

The main aim of the course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world in a personal and creative way. You will develop a working knowledge of materials, processes and technologies within art and design contexts and develop an in depth understanding and appreciation of Art History. The best foundation for success is a good grade at Level 2 BTEC; this is the correct work ethic for Level 3 study. Coursework covers both 2D and 3D outcomes and students are encouraged to explore their own avenues of study within assignment briefs. This is an exciting course which aims to equip you for the world of work or further education study. Learners develop art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. They study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce art and design outcomes.

This course is delivered at The Garibaldi School and transport will be provided to and from lessons.


This is a 360 guided learning hour qualification and is structured as four units of work, of which three are mandatory and one is an optional unit.

Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication (120 GLH) externally assessed

Unit 2: Fine Art, Materials, Techniques and Processes (60 GLH) internally assessed

Unit 3: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design (90 GLH) externally assessed

Unit 4: The Creative Process (90GLH) internally assessed


Our general entry requirements are that you will need a minimum of five Grade 5s or above in your GCSEs to study A-Levels including Maths & English.

To study A Level Art & Design you will need a Level 2 Merit grade in Art & Design at BTEC Level 2 or related subject

Where can it lead?

Progression onto a degree programme in the art and design sector. For learners wishing to study an aspect of art and design in higher education, opportunities include: fashion designer, film and media, architect, ceramicist, textile designer, illustrator and teacher. en tackling complex problems.