BTEC National Extended Certificate in Art & Design: Fine Art

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KN11
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of Fine Art. Students develop Fine Art projects and gain an understanding of the creative process.  This course has been designed for Post 16 Fine Art students who are passionate about Art and want the opportunity to adopt an individual approach to their work.  It will prepare candidates to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in a broad range of Art based subjects, and ultimately to pursue a career in the creative industries. 

Fine Art enables students to appreciate the visual world and develop the ability to respond in a personal and creative way. Students will develop skills including a working knowledge of materials, techniques and processes, as well as the ability to interpret and convey ideas and feelings using art, craft and design.

The course explores students’ imaginative and creative skills to develop meaningful, personal work. It encourages exploration and analysis of artists’ work, so that students can develop their knowledge and understanding of the place of Art in contemporary society. 


  • Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication
  • Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design 
  • Unit 3: The Creative Process
  • Unit 4: Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes 

How will it be delivered?

This is a two year course comprised of externally and internally assessed units. There are no timed examinations, and assessment is 100% coursework based.

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.

Your next steps...

See Careers Leader for more information.

Future courses & possible careers:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art 
  • BA (Hons) History of Art 
  • BA (Hons) Illustration 
  • An Art based apprenticeship 
  • Fine Artist 
  • Art Therapist 
  • Art Teacher 
  • Concept Artist