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Foundation Studies Art and Design BTEC Diploma (18+) - Level 3


This programme will help you make an informed decison about your choice of specialist degree course. You will develop and refine a range of skills and explore areas such as fine art, illustration, textiles, print and photography through experimentation and integrated learning. 

It will enable you to produce a portfolio of art and design work to support your application to Higher Education courses.

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Entry requirements

  • You must be a minimum of 18-years-old, have at least one A Level and three GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English, or have one of the following qualifications: A Level Applied Art and Design, AS Art and Design, or an Extended Diploma in Art and Design. Plus a portfolio.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20181 yr(s)1747A1008FREEFREE* to £3060.00Apply online

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

Continuous internal assessment will be carried out throughout the course; units 1 to 6 are graded as pass. The final major project is the culmination of the course and is graded at pass, merit or distinction. All assessment is subject to external moderation and verification.

What does the course lead to?

You will further develop your conceptual and practical art and design skills to develop and produce a portfolio for your application to Higher Education.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • University-level study such as a specialist creative arts degree
  • Specialist art college

How do I apply?

Apply online


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Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

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