BTEC Level 3 Nationals Art & Design:

Students are required to have achieved at least a PASS at BTEC level 2 or a ‘C’ grade in Art and Design in order to be accepted onto the BTEC Level 3 Nationals course.

The course comprises of 6 Units to be completed over 2 years. Each unit is worth 10 credits and students are awarded UCAS points according to the grade they achieve for each unit undertaken. The units are marked against strict marking criteria and students achieve a PASS, MERIT or a DISTINCTION standard depending of the level of commitment applied.

All 6 Units comprise of three components: Research, Development and Final Piece (s).

Students work is continually assessed in order that every opportunity it made to raise the level of work achieved.

Students are offered a minimum of 60 hours per unit to complete the assignments set.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


BTEC Level 3 Nationals:

Units 1 and 3: ‘TAKE A SEAT’

Students work with a work journal for each of the 6 units covered. Units 1 and 3 are combined because they ‘marry up’ well. Students are set independent research, then expected to explore and develop the ideas of each of the contextual references they have studied. Several assignments are set, and students build up and extensive portfolio of work over the two terms.

Students are expected to develop a final idea from research undertaken to meet a specific ‘brief’, which is presented to the group and assessed internally.

Unit 2: Materials, Techniques and Processes .

Students are taken to the ‘Saatchi Gallery’ in London, to investigate contemporary artists’ work and then return to school to apply their prior knowledge acquired from the previous two units.

All work is assessed internally, but moderated externally at least once.


Unit 75: Observational Drawing

Students are expected to produce a wide range of close observation drawing from both primary and secondary sources using a wide range of quality materials.

They are offered the opportunity to develop these pieces with the use of an etching press to create a portfolio of sophisticated work and a final piece for a specified location.

Unit 4: Visual Communication

The ‘brief’ for this unit allows students to explore a wide range of artworks for specific audiences.

Students are expected to communicate an intended meaning to a specified audience using the language of art and design.

Unit 5: Contextual References

Students’ final Unit comprises all the skills that have been acquired by describing all the key characteristics of key movements and the work of individual artists.

Students will show how cultural contexts relate to historical and contemporary art, craft and design. Students will present their final outcomes to the group for a final assessment.

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