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Design Technology - Art & Design Practice - Tech Award Level 1/2 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Art & Design Practice - Tech Award Level 1/2

(Pearson BTEC 603/7056/7)

All students will follow the Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Art & Design. They will begin the course in Year 9 and complete component 1 to build their knowledge over the first two years. Students will then study component 2 in year 11, which is pre-released and different each year.

The course is designed to provide Level 2 learners with:

  • Application of Art and Design principles to work with realistic vocational contexts.
  • Working in response to design challenges using practical exploration and experimentation.

Pearson 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 content builds on skills students have learnt in Design Technology as well as visual communication skills from Art at Key Stage 3.

The content differs to GCSE Art as the course works with a range of Design Technology mediums including resistant materials, CAD/CAM and digital image manipulation.

Course Content

Component 1: Creative Practice in Art and Design- An internally assessed unit, giving students an opportunity to build their skills using a range of different tools, machines, equipment as well as graphic equipment.

Component 2: Responding to a Brief- An externally assessed unit in which learners will use the range of skills picked up in component 1 to produce work in response to a different brief each year.


Component 1 is assessed internally.

Component 2 is assessed externally.


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 or Product Design. These qualifications will fully support university applications or appropriate Level 3 – 4 apprenticeships.