BTEC LEVEL 3 National Extended Certificate

Subject Information

This course will appeal to those of you wishing to pursue a career in art or those who simply want to continue studying the subject to a higher level. Ideally you should have achieved a Merit on the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design course or a ‘B’ grade in GCSE Art and Design prior to undertaking this course although under exceptional circumstances you may be considered with no prior experience. To assess your suitability you will undertake a bridging assignment over the summer prior to beginning the course and this will form the basis of your first assessment.

The BTEC course will enable you to build a broad folder of work across one or two art and design disciplines. This is particularly advantageous if you want to apply for a degree course. You will have the opportunity to work with professional artists/ designers on real externally set projects as well as developing your skills in areas of art and design that you enjoy.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Art and Design is a four unit course and equivalent to one ‘A’ Level. Three of the units are mandatory with two of these completed in the form of a controlled exam which is set and marked by the exam board. You can choose one optional unit to take.

Unit Unit Title GLH Type How Assessed
1 Visual Recording and Communication 120 Mandatory External Practical
2 Critical and Contextual Studies 90 Mandatory External Written
3 The Creative Process 90 Mandatory synoptic Internal Practical
  Optional Units: Choose 1      
10 Graphic Materials, Techniques and Processes 60 Optional Internal Practical
11 Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes 60 Optional Internal Practical


Your final grade is based on the coursework that you produce during practical lessons and the two externally set units that are set and marked by BTEC and undertaken in controlled conditions.


The BTEC Level 3 Art and Design courses qualify for UCAS points and many students who successfully complete this course go on to study the subject at Foundation level or gain direct entry onto Degree courses. Careers in Art and Design include:

  • Graphic Designer (publishing, illustration, web design, typography, information graphics)
  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Art galleries/museums/curator
  • Art therapist
  • Ceramics
  • Fashion Designer
  • Textile Designer ( printed textiles, constructed textiles, weaving)
  • Film, video and photography
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Computer games designer
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Design

Further Information

Please see:

  • Mr Southgate