Pearson BTEC HNC in Fine Art

This one year full-time course aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to take the first steps towards a career within the creative industries. It is for students who already have an existing strong art and design skills set and wish not only to extend these but also to develop an understanding of how to exhibit, promote and sell their work within the creative marketplace. On successful completion of the HNC, students may be invited to progress to the HND year.

Academic Year: 2024/25

Course Code: 11164

Campus: Bangor

Study Type: Full-Time

Education Level Higher Education


The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Time: 09:00-17:00

Course Structure

The HNC in Fine Art course is delivered FT over 3-4 days a week to allow students to balance other work and commitments alongside their course of study.

Contextual studies increase your knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary art practices. You are taught academic skills and methods and learn to write analytically about art and related concepts. There is a strong emphasis on the creative development of the individual and their practice. It allows students to refine and hone both their practical and theoretical skills in a nurturing, supportive and creative environment. The experienced teaching team have strong industrial links across the creative arts in Northern Ireland.

This programme is delivered using a range of on-campus and online synchronous and asynchronous approaches.

The course is project driven and student focused offering an inter disciplinary programme across a series of 2D and 3D art practices, covering painting, print, sculpture, ceramic and digital art.

The programme has two modules which are

A1 Concept and Development

A2 Creative Project

Contact Hours
 15 hours contact hours per week to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments per module.

Personal Study

A further 10 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments

Entry Requirements
General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application.  You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment.  Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process. 


GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

• GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills-

Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification. 


• GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification. (Use if specific GCSE requirement)


• GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills-

Application of Number, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification. (Use if Ess Skills App Number accepted)



• Passes in 4 different subjects (can include English Language and Mathematics and as above), with 1 at GCE Advanced (A) level (grades A-E), and 3 at GCSE level


(grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

A minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff points including:

• GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile C [to include Art and Design , or an art related subject)


• [RQF] Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma In Art Design and Media Practice with overall award profile P


·      Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design with overall award profile MP

• An equivalent in an approved alternative qualification. 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
 You will have both formative and summative assessments throughout the programme


These may include coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical activities, role-play, products and case studies. 

This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. 

Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?
 Successful completion of the HNC Fine Art course may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in Fine Art.


How will it make me more employable?


The HNC course has been designed to provide students with a solid understanding of fine art practices as well as extensive experience working to a  professional standard on projects throughout the year. The combination of knowledge and skills students acquire on the HNC are all transferable into the creative industry.

The course aims to help students to develop industry connections through a strong programme of masterclasses, workshops and industry visits


Additional Costs

A materials list will be sent to students once accepted onto the course with specific requirements.  

This will include;

A standard kit of art materials such as sketch books, paints, brushes, pencils, pens. Approx. £100

A digital SLR camera. Approx. £150 upwards

A portfolio case with sleeves A3 or above dependent on own practice. Approx. £40-£60

A memory cards for both video and audio files approx. £25.  

In addition, students will be expected to partake in gallery/museum/workshop visits. Students are asked to budget approx. £30 per visit for transport and food.

The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

Course Modules
Course modules

A1 Concept and Development

A2 Creative Project

Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

Available Sessions Summary

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Time: 09:00-17:00

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Higher Education

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