btec subsidiary diploma

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Graphic Design

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3

What is the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Graphic Design?

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a 2 year practical and creative vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas.

Graphic Design is an exciting industry that covers a wide spectrum of things; advertising, illustration, magazine design, web design, logos, branding, animation, TV title sequences, design for packaging. Things that you will already be aware of but possibly haven’t thought about how they were created. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career and are interested in the design world this could be the course for you.

Is the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Graphic Design suitable for me?

You may already be thinking of a career based in Illustration, Animation or Graphic design. The course will help you develop the basic skills needed to follow a career in the industry and introduce you to a creative, inspiring and professional approach to design, in specialist, well equipped Art and Design studios. Students are required to have plenty of enthusiasm, sound drawing ability, an interest in commercial design, and (very important!) great ideas.

You will have the opportunity to investigate a range of new techniques and media alongside developing your existing skills. The use of traditional approaches such as drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D work is complemented by the opportunity to integrate photography, film, CAD and image manipulation software. Many students combine traditional and new approaches to create inventive mixed media work.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in the College’s Michael Gray Art and Music Centre by enthusiastic and experienced staff. Students are encouraged to confidently create independent project work that will begin by building on your practical skills and exploring ideas and techniques before going on to incorporate this experimental work into considered design solutions.

The course will consist of workshop sessions (where new techniques/approaches will be taught), 1:1 guidance with staff, and lectures/discussions where we will analyse our own work and the work of established artists and designers. Students are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest developments and trends in art and design.

You will attend 4.5 hours of classes a week and expected to carry out an equal amount of private study per week.

You will study six units over two years covering a range of design related subjects, including graphics, illustration, CAD (computer aided design), typography, photography and animation, as well as exploring the work of past and present designers, illustrators and artists. Challenging project work will enable you to develop your creative and technical skills in both traditional and electronic media.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points.

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Progression

Some students will go on to follow careers in Art and Design, after studying a BA hons degree (normally this would be via a one year full time Foundation Diploma course) but for others it is just an opportunity to gain a good grade in a subject they enjoy!

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points. 

Have a look at some of the progression routes available through Graphic Design.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma programme will have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and have achieved at least a Grade C in Maths and/or English.  Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels.  Students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma should have achieved at least Merit grades.  You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' on the website and entering your predicted grades.

We will normally expect you to have achieved a grade C in GCSE Art. Students will also be asked to submit a portfolio of work at interview; an Art tutor will assess your suitability for the course. (The portfolio normally includes a selection of art works paintings, observational drawings, design work, 3D work, photography and any work you may have carried out for GCSE or in your own time. Sketchbooks or design sheets are seen as important to make this decision

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3

What is the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport?

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a 2-year  vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas. The full Subisdiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level, and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points. 

In the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport you will study six units over two years covering a range of topics. These will be:

Year 1:

  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

Year 2:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Psychology for Sports Performance

 

Is a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport suitable for me?

The award is suitable for students who enjoy sport but do not want to specialise totally in one area. You will need to have an enthusiasm for sport, both theoretically and practically, and an interest in the broader aspects of sport and leisure.
Equivalent to one A Level, this qualification is vocationally based with a combination of practical activities underpinned with theoretical study. This enhances the quality of learning, giving you a good mix of learning environments and real life learning experiences.

How will I learn?

There are no exams on this course and comprises of 100% coursework. Assignments will be based on realistic workplace situations.

You will be taught by specialist teachers in classrooms in the Sports with access to the Sports Hall and Fitness Room.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points.

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma programme will have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and have achieved at least a Grade C in Maths and/or English. 

Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels. Students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma should have achieved at least Merit grades. You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' on the website and entering your predicted grades.

A GCSEgrade C or better in Biology/Science and PE would be a distinct advantage.

Course costs

You will be expected to pay for course materials. If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3

What is the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering?

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a 2-year  vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas. The full Subisdiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level, and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points. 

You will study six units over two years covering a range of engineering related subjects which give you an understanding of the skills, qualities and knowledge needed to work in this field. Over the two years of the course you will study:

  • Health and safety
  • Fabrication
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Secondary machining/finishing
  • Application of mechanical systems
  • Engineering drawing
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)

 

Is the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering suitable for me?

The Subsidiary award is suitable for anyone interested in manufacturing processes, learning how things work and some practical engineering skills. You may be thinking about a career in one of the many branches of engineering such as mechanical, civil and design or you may be considering a manufacturing or industrial engineering career.

How will I learn?

Some of the lessons will be in the classroom concentrating on theory and some in a dedicated IT room to develop skills in using design software. For the Fabrication unit, lessons will mostly be taught in the workshop though there is some theory work that will be taught in the classroom. There is also an element of developing practical skills in the workshop in three of the other units of the course. Much of the time spent on the course will be on assignment based projects which is the method of assessment for the course. You will be expected to spend at least six hours per week on private study to complete these projects.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points.

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma programme will have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and have achieved at least a Grade C in Maths and/or English.  Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels.  Students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma should have achieved at least Merit grades.  You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' on the website and entering your predicted grades.
In addition to the general requirements for starting an advanced level course of study you should have achieved a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and a grade C in GCSE Science.

Course costs

Essential: Sturdy leather boots or shoes and overalls for workshop use (in the region of £30, available from the College) and approximately £10 for materials.
If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Don't miss out!

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BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics)

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3

What is the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics)?

This is an excellent opportunity to develop Level 3 Science skills across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This two year course will enable you to gain a good understanding of the industrial application of Science and professional roles of scientists in the world of work. A BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is a practical course. You achieve modules by completing assignments and some time-constrained assessments. The assignments combine practical work, individual research and taught theory, and are based on realistic situations.

You will study three core units plus the equivalent of three 60 guided learning hours (GLH) specialist units over two years covering a range of topics.

The two core units are:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques

The specialist units will include:

  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Using mathematical tools for science
  • Using statistics for science

The Award is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points.

Is the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics) suitable for me?

The course is suitable for students who enjoy science but do not want to specialise totally in one area.

How will I learn?

You will be taught by specialist teachers in The Beacon Science Centre.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points. 

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma programme will have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and have achieved at least a Grade C in Maths and/or English. Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels. Students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma in science should have achieved at least Merit grades. You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' on the website and entering your predicted grades. You should have achieved a Grade C or C/C in Science GCSE.

 

 

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