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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This broad-based art, craft and design course will enable learners to explore a range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional or time-based approaches to their studies or to produce work entirely from a single discipline including graphic design, textiles, photography and fine art.

The course provides a very thorough and rewarding study of art and design, including extensive practical and theoretical/historical elements. 

In your chosen subject areas, you will explore specialist processes and techniques such as drawing, digital manipulation, photography, animation, constructing fabrics and surface decoration - all of which will help you to understand the history and development of a specialism.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language at grade B or above and Maths.  In addition, Graphics learners should have GCSE Art and Design at grade C or above. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in art and design and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

Course Content

The Advanced GCE in Art and Design consists of two components, both teacher assessed and externally moderated.

Learners study at least two separate disciplines in Component 1, with the option to specialise in Component 2 - producing work in one or more disciplines.

How will I be assessed?

Work is continually assessed and you will discuss and evaluate your own work.  

Component 1: Personal Investigation: Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated: 60% of the total qualification

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment: Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated: 40% of the total qualification

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject. This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources. However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials. You will also need to make a contribution towards compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

What can I do after this course?

Following successful completion of this Advanced Level course, it is expected that learners will have achieved the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills in art and design that will aid their progression to foundation and degree-related study.

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Abbey Sisson

Abbey Sisson

“Amazing” diploma offered more than sixth form for audiologist Abbey

As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
Abbey liked what she found – she made friends immediately – and was impressed by the Level 3 Public Services Uniformed Extended Diploma. It offered coursework modules, the equivalent of three A levels and “loads of opportunities” which helped her CV for job applications.
Abbey passed with a distinction and almost immediately after College landed a job as an emergency department assistant at the Royal Derby Hospital. Finding no clear career path there, she applied internally and went on to work in audiology as an assistant.
While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.

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