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BTEC Level 2 Art & Design

All students will follow the Edexcel Level 2 First Award in Art & Design. They will begin the course in Year 9 and will complete the first unit by the end of the year. Students will then study a further 3 units during years 10 and 11.

The course is designed to provide Level 2 learners with:

  • An understanding of how organisations in the art and design industry operate.
  • The key skills required to work in the industry.
  • Key concepts and principles related to the world of art and design.

Edexcel Level 2

The course is equivalent to a GCSE qualification where students will be given the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

 Learners will be introduced to the following disciplines:

  • Design Crafts
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Communication
  • Product Design

The above specialist areas will be studied briefly in the first unit prior to a more in depth learning on the specific pathways in subsequent units.

Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design

Unit 2: Creative Project in Art and Design

Unit 3: Communicating Ideas in 2D

Unit 5: Developing an Art and Design portfolio.


Units 1, 3 and 5 are coursework based assessments which are externally moderated after completion.  Unit 2 is completed as a 10 hour internal examination.


The course aims to give learners the opportunity to progress to higher qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals or A-levels in Art and Design. These qualifications will fully support university applications.