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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Level 3 Design and Innovation pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

The qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and Maths and who have an interest in design.

Design and innovation have a huge impact on society well beyond the creative industries, finding solutions to problems that affect every aspect of our lives. This pathway provides you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Alongside Level 3 Design and Innovation you could consider a complementary subject including Business or Engineering to gain knowledge and skills that will be useful in a wide range of careers.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in design to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and which provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least five GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you may have equivalent intermediate qualifications at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.

Importantly a university application will probably require five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/C or above.

In addition to these entry requirements, you may be asked to attend a taster activity where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

The Advanced Level 3 Design and Innovation study programme enables you to understand key trends, movements and events in the context of a chosen discipline and identify areas of personal interest.

You will learn about the work of a range of designers and manufacturers and the characteristics and working properties of a wide range of 3D media, materials, techniques and processes through this unit.

Developing the ability to investigate a client’s requirements for a brief or project is key so you will also have the opportunity to understand how commercial, public and community display and presentation spaces are used, and how professional artists, designers and makers present, promote, manage and sell their work.

How will I be assessed?

Students must achieve a total of eight or ten units consisting of one mandatory examined unit and six or eight further units. The choice of units will depend on the specialist pathway selected. These qualifications are assessed using a combination of:

  • external assessment, which we set and mark
  • internal assessment, where the tutor assesses students’ work which we externally moderate

Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Students who don’t achieve a Pass in a unit will be unclassified. A student must get at least a Pass for every unit to be awarded the qualification they have entered for.

Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* (and Unclassified) structure.

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?

Further Study
Following successful completion of the Advanced Level 3 Diploma, most students will progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma, university, an apprenticeship or employment.

You can also consider a wide range of potential careers in creative design and manufacturing industries.



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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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