btec subsidiary diploma

BTEC Extended Certificate in Graphic Design

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Amanda Bollini

What is the BTEC Extended Certificate in Graphic Design?

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

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 Extended Certificate 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 Extended Certificate 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 Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 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 Extended Certificate.

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 Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points. 

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Barbara Cox

What is the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering?

A BTEC National Extended Certificate is a 2-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Extended Certificates or CTECs. The full National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level, and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.

You will study a series of  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:

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of Engineering processes
  • Safety as a team
  • Engineering product design and manufacture

 

Is the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering suitable for me?

The National Extended Certificate 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, electronic, civil and design or you may be considering a manufacturing or industrial engineering career.

How will I learn?

Most lessons will be taught in our new state-of-the art Sonardyne Technology Centre. This has an electronics lab, CAD room and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. For much of your time on the course you will be carrying out assignment based projects. 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 National Extended Certificate is both internally and externally assessed. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. Some are assessed internatlly 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 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. Students must complete the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC National Extended Certificate.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

Course costs

Essential: Steel toe capped leather footwear and 100% cotton full  overalls  for workshop use. We supply these but students may choose to buy their own from our independent supplier during the first week of term.

Students are required to make a contribution of £20 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.

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.

 

 

 

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