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The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in art and design areas before entering employment.. This qualification has been designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further education, higher education and training or employment in the Art & Design industry. This programmes is designed for progression and to provide a substantial portfolio as an outcome of undertaking significant experimental explorations and projects that showcases learners’ skills and knowledge will prepare them for progression.
Reducing the number of units and assessments allows for largescale projects and provides a holistic learning experience for all. This enables a diagnostic process that balances development of skills with personal growth and intentions. The breadth of study in each qualification gives learners opportunities to consider their practice in the context of professional practice with work from inception of ideas to completion. The assessment enables learners to demonstrate valuable skills such as analysis, planning, organisation and critical thinking in the context of developing practical outcomes. Core technical skills development that covers all practices has been embedded throughout the programme.
Learners taking this qualification will study two mandatory learning and teaching module:
Exploring and Developing Art and Design Skills
Advancing Creative Practice
This qualification has been designed to enable and encourage multidisciplinary practice and integration of all the relevant skills that learners want to develop. Technical skills have been expressed through the following categories to allow for development and integration of skills across practices, including skills used across art, design and media:
image and mark
space and form
moving image and lens
Skills are developed through teaching and learning modules and synthesised through projects, producing outcomes for assessment.
Four GCSEs grade C or above or equivalent preferably in relevant creative subjects. Entry is subject to a successful interview with the course co-ordinator.
As all units are internally assessed, they allow learners use large-scale projects, workshops and completing assignments, as the basis for generating evidence for assessment. Learners must complete all four assessment units and achieve a Pass grade or above in each assessment criterion. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art and Design Practice is graded using an overall qualification grading of PPP to D*D*D*, attracting UCAS points in the same way as A Level grades.
Upon successful completion of this qualification learners may progress to higher education. It also supports progression to an apprenticeships or employment in the art and design sector.
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