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Art and Design (BTEC) = Art

General Subject Information

The BTEC Art course that we offer provides pupils with the opportunity to learn how to produce work as if working within the design industry.  Pupils are encouraged to produce a series of experimental work in response to a set brief and specified client. Pupils are encouraged to develop individual and independent responses whilst working within the constraints of the brief.

The course is set over two years and covers four projects in total. Pupils will complete three coursework projects; The Powell Cotton Museum (Introduction to Specialist Pathways), Mexican Day of The Dead (Communicating Ideas in 3D) and St Peter`s Place (Communicating Ideas in 2D).  In the January of the second year, pupils will be set their Exam project, this will be externally set and the chosen theme changes every year.

The three coursework projects cover a broad range of 2D and 3D Materials, Techniques and Processes, allowing pupils to produce a strong portfolio of experimental work. Pupils are introduced to a diverse range of 2D and 3D artists and also encouraged to independently research further artists that inspire their ideas.

Pupils that choose Art are encouraged to be able to develop their own ideas that have been inspired by an introduction to artists, individual tutorials and in class workshops and demonstrations. 



Year 10 and Year 11 BTEC Art students are expected to produce a minimum of one drawing as homework per week that will contribute towards their current project and Art portfolio. Students are welcome to use our Art department facilities during afterschool sessions with their teacher.

Level 2 Subject Information

BTEC Level 1/2 Art

Here at St George’s we offer BTEC Art, a course that provides pupils with the opportunity to experiment with a diverse variety of materials, in response to a range of projects. 

The course offered relates to the Art and Design process used within the design industry and therefore prepares pupils for higher levels of study and work beyond the classroom. The Art and Design BTEC that we offer introduces students to four very different design briefs over the course of two years. Themes that are included are; The Powell Cotton Museum, St Peter's Place and Mexican Day of The Dead. In the January of the second year students are provided with an externally set exam project. Pupils feel well prepared for this exam as it follows a similar process to the other three projects set. The exam project culminates in a ten hour Art exam where students will create their final outcome, within the Art department. St George's Art department have been commended on their choice of design brief by external moderators as they offer students the breadth and depth of study that enables pupils to achieve their full potential within this field.

If the pupil is creative, imaginative and interested in careers within the creative industry then this could be the right choice for them! If students have any questions please encourage them to seek answers from our team in the Art department.  Miss Deed, Lead Learner


Level 2 First Award Art - Course Content


Level 3 Subject Information

Revision - Level 2 First Award

Students` will have a practical Art exam at the end of their two year course and are encouraged to practice independent experimentation with a range of materials, techniques and processes in preparation. Art rooms and resources are available for BTEC Art students afterschool when this is pre-arranged with the students Art teacher.

Exam Units

BTEC Level 2 Art (20478) 10 hours (Usally completed over two days)

All exam dates can be found here

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Art and Design

Students complete four units in total over the two year course. Three units are internally set and the final unit is externally set. The externally set unit is the practical Art exam. Unit 2, The Art exam project is released in January and is a practical exam. Students are introduced to a project theme and will produce an individual response to this theme. All students will be expected to produce a mood board, artist research boards, a series of experiments in a range of media and will annotate their ideas as the project progresses. The exam project will culminate in a ten hour practical Art exam. The ten hours is divided over a two day period where students are taken off timetable to complete their final outcome for the project. Students will have planned their final outcome prior to the exam, during lesson time.

Revision - Level 3 National

Exam Units

BTEC Level 3 Art - Unit 1 (31827) 3 hours
BTEC Level 3 Art - Unit 2 (31828) 3 hours and 30 mins
BTEC Level 3 Art - Unit 7 (31833) 25 hours

All exam dates can be found here

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Art and Design

Students complete Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication as their externally set unit. The exam project will be released in January and students will be expected to produce practical work in response to a set theme. At the end of the practical work students will sit a three hour supervised written exam where they will produce 800 words on the practical work that they have produced.

For the written element students will be assessed on;

A01- Understand how recording is used to communicate visually in the work of others

A02- Demonstrate understanding of visual communication through exploration of different methods of recording

A03- Demonstrate ability to record to communicate intentions

A04- Evaluate visual recording and communication skills

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design

Students complete Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design, as their externally set unit. The exam project will be released in April and students will have time to complete contextual research in preparation for their exam. At the end of this prep work students will sit a five hour supervised written exam where they will be asked to analyse and evaluate the work of artists, based around a set theme.  

Students will be assessed on;

A01- Be able to apply an effective investigation process to inform understanding of creative practitioners

A02- Demonstrate the ability to visually analyse the work of creative practitioners

A03- Demonstrate understanding of how contextual factors relate to creative practitioners` work

A04- Communicate independent judgements demonstrating understanding of the work of creative practitioners

Job Opportunities / Careers

Depending on the other qualifications learners have taken, they can progress to sectors that use and value visual communication skills such as marketing, media and design as well as a broad range of Art & Design specialisms.

Amongst many more these include;

Animator, Architect, Antique dealer, Art therapist, Hat designer, Fine Artist, Illustrator, Interior designer, Graphic designer, Tattoo artist, Make-up artist, Landscape designer, Museum curator, model maker, Photographer, Costume designer, Art Technician, Web designer.