Level 3, Full Time

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This course is accredited by University of the Arts London (UAL). The course is designed to enable you to learn through discovery and exploration; this is primarily achieved through your engagement with projects, lectures and study visits. The course is essentially a transitional experience in Art, Design and Communication preparing you for either a place in higher education or employment.

Course details

The course is concerned with the analysis and development of ideas and their realisation in two and three dimensions. From initially being organised around specific themes and projects, it evolves into one in which emphasis is placed on the development of personalised solutions related to work programmes devised by each student in consultation with relevant tutors. This demands considerable personal initiative and will require the continuation of studies outside of College hours. You will be encouraged to develop practical and intellectual skills relevant to the visualisation and realisation of your ideas. Your potential will be continually assessed through the use of group and individual tutorials and formal assessments at key points throughout the year. This, together with a programme of visits made by the students to degree centres, enables a realistic and informed choice to be made regarding your individual future course of study.

The course is divided into 3 Parts.

Each part is made up of units and each unit has a credit value. Units are the basic building blocks of the course and can be described as a self-contained package of learning defined in terms of learning time. This includes taught time, independent study, access to resources and assessment. There are specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit.

  • Part 1 - Learning Skills and Context (40 Level 3 credits)
  • Part 2 - Development and Progression (40 Level 3 credits)
  • Part 3 - Proposal and Realisation (40 Level 4 credits) Unit 7

There is a comprehensive programme of contextual studies including the History of Art, Design and related areas. Use is made of local Art Galleries and Museums and we have a study visit to London.

Entry guidelines

A portfolio of art work will be required at interview.

Prospective students should be a minimum of 18 years of age.

5 GCSEs grade A*-C (grade 4 or above), 3 of which should be academic subjects (including English and maths) or equivalent and at least 1 full A level or equivalent.

(These are minimum requirements and in practice the majority of students possess more).

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

Continuous assessment through project/assignment work.

Additional Information

Equipment/material costs approximately £100 over 1 year (this can vary depending on work produced). Residential/field trip are charged at current rates. You will also have to pay for your UCAS application and visits to Universities (this will also vary depending on choice of Universities).

Awarding Body

Our Awarding Body is owned by, and based within, the University of the Arts London which consists of six internationally renowned colleges; Camberwell College of Arts, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.


Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C (grade 4 or above) in English and maths
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

Where can I progress to?

BA (Hons), University or College.

You could progress to these Wirral Met courses:

When does this course run?

  • Starts 04th Sep 2017 - Ends 27th Jun 2018 Ref A016J001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £4500.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Monday 09:00 — 14:00 12 Quays
    Tuesday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Wednesday 11:00 — 15:00 12 Quays
  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 26th Jun 2019 Ref A016K001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £4500.00

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).