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Where will this course lead?

This is an ideal first qualification in Art and Design, which could lead to employment or further education. It allows you to re-take your GCSE in English and Maths while building up your Level 2 grade profile so you can progress to further studies at Level 3. 

What will I study?

This Level 2 course is based on practical assignments which often involve educational trips and gallery visits, giving you the opportunity to develop skills in a range of Art and Design-related areas including: 2D and 3D mixed media, ceramics, graphic design, photography, art-based moving images, textiles, painting and drawing skills. 

What qualifications will I get?

Art and Design Level 2 Diploma UAL

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed through a range of practical assignments. Seven out of the eight units studied through the assignments are done on a pass/referral basis, with the final assignment being graded pass, merit or distinction, which determines the overall grade for the qualification. In order to obtain the UAL Level 2 Diploma, all assignments must be successfully completed.

How do I get a place on the course?

You should apply through the College application process, via the website, telephone, or open events etc.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have at least one of the following: 2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above including English Language, or; 2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above and Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English, or; Level 1 qualification in a relevant vocational subject and either GCSE English Language at grade D / grade 3 or above or Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English.

You will also be required to present a portfolio of your own artwork and/or your sketchbooks.

ENGLISH AND MATHS

You will continue to develop your English and Maths skills at Stratford-upon-Avon College. 

If you join us with…

A* - C grade / 9 - 4 grade GCSE
You will study your Core Qualification while continuing to develop literacy and numeracy skills.


D or E grade / 3 or 2 grade GCSE
You will enrol on a GCSE resit class and prepare to retake the exam. All students are subject to diagnostic testing and in some circumstances students who have achieved an E or 2 grade may study a Functional Skills qualification.


F or below grade / 2 or below grade GCSE
You will take an appropriate Functional Skills course, a recognised qualification and stepping stone to develop your skills in readiness to retake your GCSE at a later point.

What else do I need to know?

A list of art materials required for the course will be issued during induction. Study visits to museums and art galleries are included in the programme. Additional visits where applicable for specific coursework input, are also required. Students must access the art studios off timetable to continue working on coursework and complete private study of at least three hours a week.

What can I do after this course?

Successful completion can lead to Level 3 study.

Location

Stratford-upon-Avon College

Start Date

Sept-2022

Day

TBC

Time

TBC

Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

Course Code

CASAB092SCF0

Study Mode

Full Time

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Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?

£17,680
NATIONAL AVERAGE

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