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Art and Design Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, Full Time


You will be introduced to a range of different artistic disciplines such as painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles, photography and graphic design. You will study six units that have been designed to enable your development, understanding, awareness and application of visual language and communication.

As you progress you will be encouraged to review and evaluate your work using analytical and communication skills to make informed progression decisions about individual pieces of work, projects, portfolio preparation and progression on to year two or related work.

Why Our College?

Excellent results and progression

In 2019, 79% of BTEC Art and Design students achieved a higher grade. Past students have gone on to become architects, graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, photographers and other careers within the creative sector.

Great Working Environment

This course is taught in our completely refurbished studios, designed by an ex-student, with access to great resources and display opportunities. Follow us on Instagram and Behance to see our studios and students’ work.

Unique Opportunities

We offer our students fantastic opportunities to visit galleries both in the UK and overseas. As well as annual trips to London we run an annual trip to either Amsterdam or Berlin.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A - C; 9-4 in GCSE English. A-C for GCSE Art and Design or art-related subject. Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design at minimum Merit, plus 9-4 in GCSE English and a portfolio of varied, good quality work to be presented at interview.

Learning Outcomes

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

See what you have to look forward to and view our students' work on Instagram and Behance.


The Level 3 Diploma is assessed through a series of units. Students need to complete 6 units 2 of which are externally assessed. If students successfully complete the Year 1 course they can progress onto the Year 2 Extended Diploma. In the second year students need to complete a further 7 units, 2 of which are externally assessed.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and students will be graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.


Successful completion the Level 3 Diploma will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in the second year. The design and structure of the course allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning through working with local and national clients and Higher Education providers.

We always adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of our teaching and learning so that our students have a broad portfolio of work and are ready to enter higher level study or careers in the creative industries.

Career Progression

Paston College has successfully delivered BTEC courses for several years. We also work collaboratively with ex- students who have gone on to establish careers for themselves within the creative industries, along with Norwich University of the Arts to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.