Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 3
Start Date:
2 years

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English and Maths are required although account will be taken of other experience and qualifications; equally important are your enthusiasm, commitment and your willingness to work hard on all areas of the course. You will have the opportunity to show any existing work at the interview stage.
Who the course is for
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design Practice is aimed at students who wish to study a broad-based art and design course with an emphasis in the design areas of the industry. You will need to be innovative, creative and motivated.? You will need to have an open mind and be prepared to explore and experiment within the confines of a structured but flexible course.
What the interview will involve

You will be invited into college for an interview. The interview is a two-way process and it will allow you to ask any questions that you may have regarding the course. You will be required to bring into college a portfolio of work that you feel relevant for the tutor to see. The portfolio could include: 

  • Your GCSE/AS Level Art work.  
  • Work you have done in your own time.  
  • Sketchbooks.  If you cannot take these out of school, then take photos of some of the best pages.  We want to see how you think about and record your ideas. 
  • Include some drawing – this can be drawings of anything such as still life, family. 
  • If you have any photography, work include this. 
  • If you have 3D work or work that is too large or delicate to bring in, take photos of it. 

The portfolio can be hard copies or digital copies on a USB or website/Instagram account. We suggest you have at least 10 pieces of work to show the tutor, they will ask you questions about your choice.?

You will be sent a career plan prior to your interview date to complete and bring along with you on the day. The interview is a two-way process which will give you the opportunity to discuss the course and suitability with the subject tutor. 

What you will learn
You will be working in a mature, creative and exciting environment of art and design at The Isle of Wight College. You will study in a purpose-built art design and media block, with up-to-date facilities which include spacious multi-purpose studios and an industry equipped Apple Mac Suite. Building from the core units, through set projects and direct guidance. You will be prepared during your first year to start to take more responsibility over your educational direction in the second year. Year 1 has two units, the first is skills development, and the second allows you to develop your own project through a set theme. Year 2 again two units, the first is about personal progression, if you want to go to university we help you apply and support you through the process. You may want to set up your own online business, look at apprenticeships, hunt job opportunities or even plan a gap year. All these options are covered. The final unit is what we call the final major project, your write your own brief and then implement it.
How you will learn
Practical and theoretical work is integrated throughout the course with individual project work forming a large part of your studies, supported by workshops, lectures, demonstrations and tutorials.?
Work placement
There may be opportunities to take on an industry placement with local companies. The department has excellent links to local industry and we have a range of work experience opportunities available to students to enable them to enhance their skills and knowledge of the industry. You will get the opportunity to work to live briefs for external clients and to develop your technical, communication and production management skills.?
A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma develops learners’ skills and understanding of work within a vocational context. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas offer direct progression on to BTEC Higher National programmes and Higher Education degrees. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are recognised by Higher Education institutions and attract a maximum of 168 UCAS points at D*D*D*. This course has an excellent record of students progressing into Higher Education, and Career Progression is an integral part of the Second Year of the Extended Diploma. As part of your year 2 studies, you will create a professional portfolio of work, which you can take to employers or university interviews, in addition we look at setting up an online business, apprenticeships and job opportunities for those who do not want to progress into Higher Education. We support you with careers advice, CV production and application to both jobs and Higher Education
There is a materials fee for a small kit of item that will be very useful to the course. Details of this list and how to pay, will be sent to you prior to enrolment. If there are opportunities for trips there may be costs as required. In addition, if you are taking a full-time course, you will be charged a Central Admin Fee of up to £40 at the start of your course. In addition to this there will be a cost involved for purchasing any essential equipment or uniform for your course; you may be eligible for financial support from the college Bursary team, please ask your tutor for more information.
Qualifications you will get
After two years of study you will get a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design Practice, equivalent to 3 A Levels. Grades range is between PPP and D*D*D*, if you achieve the top grade of D*D*D* it is worth 168 UCAS Points.
Additional information
Visit our Instagram site: To gain your Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design you will need to pass all units, Assessment is continuous and is formalised at two set stages throughout the academic year, which is discussed with students.? All work is internally assessed, there are no exams for this qualification.
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