BTEC Extended Certificate in Art and Design Level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 122
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design is an Applied General qualification. It is equivalent in size to one A Level and has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum in a broader programme of study, which could include other vocational or academic qualifications.

During their studies, learners develop art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process.  They study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce art and design outcomes. It is designed for post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the creative industries, as part of a programme of study alongside other level 3 courses


There are three mandatory units:

Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication

Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design

Unit 3: The Creative Process

Learners also develop skills and knowledge through an optional unit in a specific area such as graphics, photography, 3D studies, textiles, or fine art.

How will it be delivered?

Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which three are mandatory and two are external. Mandatory content is equal to 83%, and external assessment is equal to 58%.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 9-4 grades in GCSE Examinations including English, Maths, and a qualification in art.



Your next steps...

Depending on the other qualifications learners have taken, students can progress to a degree programme or FE courses from a range of programmes in the art and design sector.  This can lead to careers in areas such as teaching, museum and gallery work, Graphic Design, Product Design, Fashion Retail and Animation.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.