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BTEC National First Extended Certificate in Art and Design Yr 1 of 2

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in the creative industries. Attend workshops, demonstrations, visits and lectures, as well as exploring and experimenting with Art and Design disciplines, problem solving, organising and planning tasks and making decisions on a range of creative briefs.

Entry Requirements

2 Years - 4 GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent Level 1 / Entry 3 qualification.
A portfolio of work.
1 Year - 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent Level 1 / 2 qualification.
A portfolio of work.

Fees information

The course fees are listed in the course information box below. You could be entitled to have your fees waived if you are aged 19-23 and do not have a full level 2 qualification or you are aged 24+ and unemployed. Please contact Students Services at Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1DY. Tel 01793 491591 or e-mail for details.

What do I need to bring?

All students should maintain and carry a basic kit containing pens, pencils and a sketchbook.

Assessment/Exam information

The course is assessed by a variety of methods including: projects, assignments, presentations and course work; Some of these are internally assessed whilst others will be externally assessed via exams or external tasks. All assessment is verified by an external examiner to maintain national quality and standards.

All work is graded using a scale of Pass, Merit and Distinction. The course is unit based and presents continuous assessment opportunities, as opposed to a final examination; therefore, your progress can be accurately tracked and assessed throughout the entire programme, offering you the opportunity to improve your grades.

Other information

Any student who has not previously achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English will be required to study towards this qualification as part of their programme of study.

During the course students develop a range of transferable skills, which play an essential role in developing personal effectiveness for adult and working life and in the application of specific vocational skills.

What can I do next?

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or Production Arts.
Alternatively, the course will help you build the skills you need to enter employment.

Qualification description

Students who complete this course will be awarded a BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Art and Design

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
36 weeks 01 Aug 2018 31 Jul 2019 Tuition fee: £1,300.00
Award body exam fee: £126.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 15.00
Study days: 3 DAYS

Any extra costs

All students will be charged a trips and exhibition fee, which includes an Art Kit. The total cost of this is £65. Other costs may be incurred in the production of project work.

How to apply

Apply through Swindon College online by clicking on the APPLY NOW or Contact Student Services on 0800 731 2250 or email