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16-18 Course Details

Applied General Extended Diploma in Art and Design - 2020:21

Location: Farnham Sixth Form College
Course Code: FCADES-ED
Year: 2020:21
Duration: 2 Years
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  University of the Arts London
Fees (16-18): £ 0
Fees (Adv Learner Loan): £ 5421
07/09/2020Places Available
Subject Area

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Content / Overview 

This course is a practical, work-related alternative to the more theoretical A levels. Employers, Universities and Higher Education Colleges recognise successful completion of this course as the equivalent of three A level qualifications.

Course Modules 

First Year – areas studied can include:

  • Drawing and painting, including life drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Fashion
  • 3D Design, Ceramics
  • History of Art & Design
  • Graphic Design, Illustration
  • Multimedia and digital photography


Second Year (Dependent on successful completion of first year)

In the second year, emphasis is placed on choosing an area to specialise in the selection of work for a portfolio, eg: Fine art, textiles, photography, graphic design and in the preparation for applications to University and employment.


Why Study Here

An enjoyable and challenging subject, which boasts high achievement rates and the opportunity to learn in specially designed art and design studios.

Suitable For

Those with a keen interest in art and design and who want to explore their creativity, develop new skills and investigate the work of other artists.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

An average of grade C / 4 for four or more GCSE’s, including an Art related subject and English language. Or you will have successfully completed a Level 2 vocational programme at Merit grade and gained a Level 2 literacy qualification. You may also be asked to demonstrate your commitment in an interview and provide a portfolio of work.

Delivery Method

Learn a range of skills and methods and experiment with different personal approaches in specially designed art and design workshops.


For coursework, students must produce written reports, evaluations and show evidence of planning, research and organisational skills.


The course is continuously assessed in six week blocks. Some units are externally assessed by a final major project in the second year.

Further Study

Students can progress into an entry level job in the art of design industries. Or upon successful completion of the second year, students can progress into Higher Education.

Additional Information

You will be required to provide a range of basic art materials to include pencils, brushes, pens, paint, pastels etc. An A1 portfolio will be essential to store your work, as well as sketchbooks.

The costs of these materials will be approximately £40 for year 1 and £40 for year 2.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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