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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design
LV 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design
Course Overview

This two year course comprises a number of core units that will allow you to explore a range of art and design disciplines. 

You will have access to well-equipped studios with professional machinery and materials. The course is carefully structured to enable you to achieve your potential, culminating in a final major project as part of your progression to Higher Education or employment.

It is equivalent to 3 full A levels, 18 units need to be completed to achieve a full diploma.

Course Content

During Year 1 students will be introduced to a wide range of techniques and learn new processes, including, observational drawing, black & white darkroom photography, film processing and printing, printmaking, ceramics, screen-printing, CAD & digital exploration, 3D processes,  including wood, metals, plastics and glass, mould making and laser cutting. Additional workshops will take place throughout the year in specialist areas.

In year 2 students will bias their studies towards a more individualised programme that will help to build a more focussed portfolio for university application or employment.

Students are expected to study for an additional 10-15 hours outside of timetabled hours.

English and Maths
If you are aged under 19 and if you do not hold a GCSE grade C or higher in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards these qualifications.
Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C (or 4) and above or equivalent including English and a related art subject or First Diploma in Art and Design (Merit).


Continuous assessment takes place throughout the course through assignments based upon current art and design practice.  All work is produced through coursework and projects, there are no exams. The course uses practical activities to assess coursework, including peer review, self assessment, presentations, practical activities and exhibitions.


The course includes essential trips to art galleries and participation in competitions, additional projects or events which relate to art and design.  Residential visits to other countries are a part of the course and students will be expected to take part in these visits wherever possible. Students will be expected to pay for local visits and contribute towards to the cost of coach or rail travel. (approx. cost £65 per year).

What does this course lead to?

This course is a recognised route into employment and predominantly Higher Education including BA Honours and Foundation Degree programmes.

Equipment Required

Students will be required to purchase essential equipment and materials (such as sketchbooks and basic art materials) directly from an approved college supplier; the approximate cost is £25. Students may also need to purchase additional materials depending on their area of interest e.g. photo paper and fabric. 

Financial Information
If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free.
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.
Staged Payment
A staged payment plan is available to help with course fees.
Reduced Fees
Fee concessions may be available if you are out of work, on low income or studying for your first Level 1 or Level 2 qualification.
If you are unable to pay any of the course costs, or need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive a college bursary.
For further details on fees and financial help please contact Student Welfare on 01256 306393.
Travel Subsidy
BCoT offers discount on travel to and from the college for full time students. We offer 50% discount on rail fares and if you are travelling by bus, we offer 25% off Zone 2 buses outside of Basingstoke. There is financial assistance available for those families on a low income.