Cambridge Technical Level 2 Diploma - Exam Board: OCR

Entry Requirements:

You mostly achieved grades C-E at GCSE, including at least a grade D in GCSE Art and Design.

If you have been graded under the new numerical grading system at GCSE, please visit our entry requirements page to see the grading equivalent and for further information.


Is Art & Design for you?

  • You have an enthusiasm and willingness to explore a broad range of artistic media, materials and techniques
  • You would like to develop the freedom to work on assignments of your own choice once you have learnt the basics

What will I learn?

Contextual References in Art & Design

You will examine the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople and use their ideas and techniques to inspire your work.

2D Visual Communication

You will work with two-dimensional media and techniques which may include paint, pencil, charcoal as well as software such as Adobe Photoshop.

3D Visual Communication

You will work with three-dimensional materials and techniques which could include wire, card, clay and plaster.

Using Ideas to Explore, Develop and Produce Art & Design

You will research, develop and produce a final piece, working to a brief of your own design.

Building an Art & Design Portfolio

You will prepare your own work for progression interviews – for employment or further/higher level study.

Working in the Art & Design Industry

You will develop your understanding of the Art & Design industry and the job opportunities within it.

The Art & Design department has excellent practical resources for all aspects of your coursework and teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy so you can always complete homework tasks or get extra subject support in the department, outside of your timetabled sessions. The course is also supported by the Learning Support team and learning mentors.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams for this course – all assessment is through set assignments which you submit at various points through the year.

What activities can I get involved in?

You may have the opportunity to take part in visits to local Art Galleries, events and exhibitions such as the Liverpool Biennial. You will also work with and learn from artists and designers visiting the College. You will have the chance to produce work for local and national competitions and see it exhibited both externally and within College at the end of term.

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and C.V building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.

Where does it lead?

If you wish to take your Art & Design training further, students progressing from this course with a Distinction could carry on to study on an Advanced Level programme, here at college.

The creative industries are one of the biggest employers in the UK.  Art and Design related subjects are valuable for careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, fashion design, graphic design, architecture, publishing and the media.

What our students say…

“This course helped me learn a lot about Art by using different materials and methods. I enjoyed this course and the tutors were very helpful and nice”

“The course was very interesting and I feel as though I have progressed massively since the beginning of the year”

“I am grateful to the staff for helping me to achieve the grades I did”


Click here to download a printable version of our Art & Design Leaflet

*We have made every effort to ensure that the information displayed is accurate. The College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with any revision. 

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