Level 2 Certificate/Extended Certificate/ Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)

Entry Requirements:
•  Level 1 in Art and Design or
•  4 GCSEs at a minimum grade of D-G
•  An appropriate standard of literacy numeracy and ICT
•  A good NVQ Level 1 or Level 2 in an associated discipline
•  You will also need to attend an interview with examples of your art work

Programme Outline:
The Level 2 in Art and Design is a nationally recognised qualification which has been designed to give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

The qualification is a workshop and studies based, hands on course that is first and foremost about building a portfolio of art and design work through varied scenario based projects.

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to work in a range of areas within art and design. These include 2D and 3D visual communication, contextual references in art and design, working with graphic design briefs, working with photography briefs, working with 3D briefs, working with textiles briefs and many more.

There are three pathways that can be chosen dependent on entry qualifications and experiences:

Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design (QCF)
This is a 15-credit programme that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate employment sector. The BTEC Level 2 Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCSE.

Level 2 Extended Certificate in Art and Design (QCF)
This is a 13-credit programme, which extends the work-related focus from the Level 1 Award and covers some of the knowledge and practical skills that may be required for employment in the Art/Design sector.

Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (QCF):
This is a 60-credit programme which extends the specialist work-related focus of the Level 2 Extended Certificate. The  Level 2 Diploma offers an engaging programme if you are clear about the area of employment that you wish to enter or progress to a Level 3 programme.

You may want to extend the specialism you studied on the Level 2 Certificate or the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate programme. This qualification gives you the opportunities to prepare for employment. It is broadly equivalent to four GCSEs.

Start dates for these programmes are flexible, with completion usually achieved within two years.

On successful completion of the Level 2 Programme you can progress to the Level 3 in Art and Design. Alternatively you might want to seek employment in the Art/Design sector or move on to a related vocational programme.