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Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Art or Art related subject minimum grade 4, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

The UAL Applied General Extended Diploma covers two units, one per year which are both externally assessed and both worth 50% of grade. 

Year 12 assessment must be a minimum pass to move onto Year 13.  

What will I study?

In this course you will explore a range of Art and Design disciplines including drawing and painting, graphics, 3D design, textiles, photography and printmaking. Tutors will encourage you to work imaginatively and creatively, exploring different materials and techniques. Alongside this there are important assignments in contextual and historical studies of Art and Design. The exploration of the work of others will enhance your understanding in this multi-disciplinary course and challenge your own creative ideas.

Throughout your studies you will produce an extensive portfolio addressing specific assessment criteria and this exciting body of work will be suitable for university or employment interviews.

Where will this course lead me?

Developing your creative understanding can be useful in many fields of learning as well as a range of careers. It is particularly appropriate for those who want to pursue a career in fine art, textiles and fashion, photography, graphic design, advertising, illustration, industrial or product design, architectural studies, history of art, teaching, museums and a range of creative industries.

Studying an Art course is an excellent way to develop soft skills such as independence. It will improve time management and problem solving skills whilst developing creative thinking skills and resilience.  

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Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.


Bridging Materials

For Year 11 students who have applied and will be joining us in Year 12


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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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