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BTEC Extended Certificate Art and Design

This course is for students wishing to specialise at a later stage in one specific pathway i.e. Applied & Graphic Design, Fashion/Textile/Surface Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Photography & Film, 3D Design.

This qualification offers a full and engaging programme for students who are clear about their progression area for higher education or employment.

The qualification provides the underpinning knowledge in the Art & Design industry.

This course provides a progression route to Higher Education to related degree programmes or BTEC Higher Nationals.

Our students are going to the university of their choice in London and throughout the UK.

Course Content

This course fits in the A Level programme and comprises of 4 subject specific units to be completed over a two year period.

Each unit is designed to give the students a wide experience of a very specific field within the Art & Design. It can be combined with other creative BTEC Courses. The Extended Certificate is the equivalent to 1 A Level.

The course units are based on 7 mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 = Visual Recording and Visual Communication, Art and Design
  • Unit 2 = Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
  • Unit 3 = Creative processes

And 1 Specialist Units based on specific specialist area, either in:

  • 3D Design
  • Photography
  • Fine Art & Mixed Media
  • Graphic Design

Units 1, and 2 will be set and marked by Pearson.


5 GCSEs at Grades A-C (Grade B in Art), BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Art & Design (NQF)

You will need to sit an interview with the Art Team—please bring your Art Portfolio.


Working within the design industry:

  • Graphic Design
  • Production Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Theatrical Design
  • Costumes
  • Fashion industry
  • Communication
  • The film and photography industry
  • Fine Art
  • Education
  • Community Art
  • Art therapy