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Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
1 September 20192 yearsJeffrey Bartlett

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


This is an advanced level course.  Achievement with an overall Distinction attracts 360 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 A levels).


This course is aimed at students who wish to study a broad based art and design course with an emphasis in the design areas of the industry.

You will need to be innovative, creative and motivated.  You will need to have an open mind and be prepared to explore and experiment within the confines of a structured but flexible course.

Progression from this course can lead on into Higher Education, in specialised areas such as; graphic design, illustration, computer and traditional animation, fashion design, textile design, multimedia design, 3-dimensional design, website design and photography.


You will be working in a mature, creative and exciting environment of art and design at The Isle of Wight College. You will study in a new purpose built art design and media block, with up-to-date facilities which include spacious multi-purpose studios and an industry equipped Apple Mac Suite.

Building from the five core underpinning units, you will be prepared during your first year to start to take more responsibility over your educational direction in the second year, through set projects and direct guidance.

All the projects are justified with an industrial context to them, allowing us to develop your understanding of the industry while developing your design skills, and gaining a recognised national qualification.


Practical and theoretical work is integrated throughout the course with individual project work forming a large part of your studies, supported by workshops, lectures, demonstrations and tutorials.  Functional Skills opportunities for development are clearly in-bedded within the main set work for the qualification as are additional studies and qualifications.


Your programme of study will include qualifications in:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art  & Design
  • Functional Skills in English at level 2/3
  • Depending on your academic profile you may need to take/retake additional qualifications such as GCSE English or Maths.

There is a material fee payable for this course per year. You may be eligible to apply for financial assistance to help meet these costs.


This is an exciting and dynamic general art and design course aiming at developing the student through the fundamental basics of art and design and introducing them to a range of design disciplines.  These could include areas such as graphics, photography, textiles, fashion, 3D design and illustration.  The course builds upon the use of drawing, visual communication, experimentation of media, materials and techniques, the generation of ideas and concepts and the influence of historical and contemporary references.  We encourage and develop creative independence through sound methods used throughout history and industry.  This course allows students to have a greater choice in their areas of progression by being broad based and prepares them for entering into Higher Education or employment.


To gain your Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design you will need to pass all eighteen units, (these comprise of mandatory, specialist and professional). Assessment is continuous and is formalised at three set stages throughout the academic year which is discussed with students.  The qualification is course work based with a Final Major Project (Application, Exploration and Realisation) at the end of the second year, which is a summative body of work demonstrating your abilities and understanding of your chosen specialist pathway prior to completion of the qualification.

All work is internally assessed and sampled by a second independent assessor, finally moderated by the awarding body for agreement of grade and award.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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