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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 2 Intermediate Art and Design Pathway has been specifically designed for students aged 16 years or over wishing to study a single creative subject plus GCSE English and Maths [if required], work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

If you don’t already have a grade C [4] or above at GCSE in English and Maths, you’ll continue to study these elements which will form a significant part of your study programme.

The pathway is broad based and focuses on developing a wide range of knowledge and skills required for academic study, employment and for the community as a whole. It’s also about developing the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and succeed in education and in work.

You will have the opportunity to acquire essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication. This qualification is suitable for those who wish to gain:

  • A Level 2 qualification to support further study in Further Education (FE) in Art and Design
  • A Level 2 qualification to support further study in FE in any other sector or subject area

The intermediate study programme in Art and Design has been designed flexibly and provides opportunities to add other complementary qualifications, further aiding your progression and employability. Additional qualifications available include IT, Business and Retail.

Entry requirements

Typically you will need a minimum of one GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above ideally in a related subject. You should also have GCSE English and Maths at grade 3 (D) or equivalent Functional Skills.

Candidates will be invited to College for an interview and a screening test as part of the application process. You will need to demonstrate that you are interested in working within your chosen subject area and that you have good communication skills.  It is also essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance and meeting deadlines.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience into consideration.  Applicants will be interviewed and will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths.

In addition to the entry requirements above, you will also need to attend a taster event, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

While studying Intermediate Art and Design, you will develop your understanding of key trends and movements and how these have influenced the work of artists and designers. You will use research to identify artists or designers that inspire you and will also develop your own ideas, producing creative work to a high standard.

You will learn how to understand the requirements of a brief or project and how to generate and develop a range of ideas that meets its requirements.

Being able to work with clients, understand their requirements and translate them into creative art and design forms is a key skill within the industry. During the course, you will have an opportunity to work with industry clients on projects. You will select, develop and refine an idea, including choosing suitable media, materials and techniques. You will then present your idea to a client for approval before producing an outcome that meets the requirements of the brief.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve this qualification, you must complete:

  • A minimum of 15 credits
  • One mandatory unit of ten credits
  • Optional units of five credits

The units in these qualifications are internally assessed by centre assessors and quality assurance personnel and then externally moderated by OCR visiting moderators.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to purchase a basic art and design toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions are available subject to your status). You will also need a journal or notebook at all times throughout the course.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

On successful completion of the programme to Merit or Distinction standard – as well as GCSE English and Maths to grade 4 [C] – you can progress to an advanced course such as Advanced Art and Design, via application and portfolio interview.


This course also prepares you for a junior employment position in the art-based industries, with the potential for promotion with the help of further training and qualifications.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Jamie Holmes

Jamie Holmes

Weaving a success story in textile design

Peak Award winner Jamie Holmes showed there are no barriers to success if you have genuine creative talent.

Profoundly deaf, Jamie joined the College from the Royal School for the Deaf and was supported by a signer throughout his studies. He excelled on his Art and Design Diploma, specialising in fashion and textiles, and now has a place studying Textile Design at Huddersfield University – with his sights set on a future career in the creative industries.

At our 2014 Peak Awards, Jamie won the Visual Arts prize, sponsored by Maber Associates Ltd, for his determination and willingness to improve.

When I first started at College, I was really lacking in confidence but I had so much help and support that I really found myself and I am looking forward to making the most of university.
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