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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design

This 1 year course is equivalent to 3 AS levels and leads onto the 1 year Extended Diploma (top-up).

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We have 3 sessions available for this course running in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design
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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design
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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
18 £0.00 Apply Now

During your study, you may need financial support and SERC is here to help. Find out more information on student fees and financial support in the Student Finance section.

Course Overview

This one year course is the equivalent to three AS levels and leads onto the one year Extended Diploma (top-up).  Students who successfully complete this course will automatically be rolled over onto the extended Diploma and do not need to apply online.

The programme typically runs for a minimum of 15 hours a week.

Pathways may include: ceramics, fine art, photography, fashion and computer aided design in a modern, well-equipped studio.


Mandatory module may include:

Unit 1 Art in Context

Optional Units may include:

Unit 10 How Artists use 2D materials, techniques and processes 

Unit 16 presenting and exhibiting Art

Unit 23 exploring photographers as artists

Unit 24 Digital image creation

Unit 32 Art and design illustration

Unit 36 corporate and branding design

Unit 41 3d art and design work

Unit 60 Fine art drawing

Skills areas studied may include:

  1. Drawing
  2. Painting
  3. Fine Art
  4. 3D design (such as sculpture and ceramics)
  5. Photography
  6. Computers in art and design
  7. Contextual Studies


You will also exhibit your work as part of the course alongside other courses within the creative department. You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability. 

Entry Requirements

BTEC Level 2 Diploma or 4 GCSE passes at grade C (including Art) or above (or equivalent)  

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent e.g. essential skills.  

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing.

Successful completion of interview

A portfolio of art and design work is needed for your interview, which should demonstrate an awareness and enthusiasm for Art & Design.

The interview process will involve an interview, a questionnaire and a summer assignment. The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your successful entry to this programme. Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied 

Majority of Art students will need 5 x A3 sketchbooks (good quality) and 1 x A3 plastic folder

Where will it take me?
Successful completion of this course will lead directly onto further study on the 1 year Extended Diploma (top-up), which upon completion will be the equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Alternatively the course can also lead directly into a career in the creative industries. Alternatively further study at a higher level will lead to jobs such as a photographer, fashion designer or fashion buyer, graphic designer, ceramicist, fine artist, animator, illustrator printmaker or management positions in the creative, design or print industries.

Students who have completed this qualification recently have progressed to Degree and HND courses in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

How will it make me more employable?
You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:
• Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence
• Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
• Gaining hands on experience through Industry Projects
• Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies.
This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
You will be assessed throughout the year and be expected to complete a range of assignments on an ongoing basis. This will include the production of 2D and 3D work with accompanying sketchbooks and written work. This will culminate in a final major project and end-of-the-year show.
Additional Costs
 You will be required to provide a range of general art materials at the start of the programme. For example, this may include a set of acrylic paints, a set of colouring and drawing pencils and an A3 sketch book. You will be advised on these at the interview stage. In addition  you may need to purchase more specific tools and materials dependent on you pathway choices.

The course is provided and regulated by OCR.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.

Pass all units covered in order to progress on to the next year of study.

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