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Visual Arts pathway to success

Following the Art related pathway will open a range of post -18 options. Whether you are interested in obtaining a Higher-Level Apprenticeship, employment, or a place on a creative course at University this pathway will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to progress into your chosen career. Art professionals can be found in all sectors of the economy, working as designers, account managers, product developers and creative content producers, amongst many other careers opportunities. The creative industries employ over 2 million people and are projected to grow by an additional 1 million by 2030, and it is currently worth £112 billion to the UK annually, which is greater than the automotive, aerospace, life sciences and fuel industries combined.

Students following this pathway will be able to follow either a traditional Advanced Level route, a BTEC Extended Diploma equivalent to three Advanced Levels or by a combination of BTEC and A Level subjects, including at two art subjects. You will find some suggestions in the table below of how to combine options to construct the right course which will enable you to progress to your chosen university or employment opportunity. 

Route options

Traditional A Level Route
Compulsory Subjects

Two of Art, Graphics or Photography

Optional Subjects

Choose from our extensive portfolio of Advanced Levels or Extended Certificates

Subjects such as Film Studies, Media Studies, Psychology and Sociology fit well with art disciplines, but many students choose contrasting subjects such as a language, English, History or Science.

Enrichment opportunities

Aspiring Artists Elective

Teachers of Tomorrow Elective

Trip and visits 

Visiting Speakers

Progression Opportunities

BA Art, Graphics or Photography

BA Art Therapy

BA Architecture

Apprenticeships

Employment

Extended Diploma Route
Optional Subjects :

None – Your Extended Diploma is your full course

Enrichment opportunities

Aspiring Artists Elective

Teachers of Tomorrow Elective

Trip and visits 

Visiting Speakers 

Progression Opportunities

BA Art, Graphics or Photography

BA Art Therapy

BA Architecture

Apprenticeships

Employment 

Where will this pathway lead me?

Likely employment opportunities:

Marketing, Advertising, Architecture, Graphic Design, Forensics, Interior Design, Public Relations, Textile Design, Fashion Branding 

William Stockley

Graphics [A*], History [A], Physics [D]

Where next :
Liverpool John Moores University
BA Architecture

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