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Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design (pilot)

Reading College

These qualifications are designed to be ‘Applied General’ qualifications and they provide post-16 students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further, higher education and training or employment.

The Diploma is for students seeking to undertake a broad or specialist programme of study in art and design. It focuses on developing students understanding and application of the creative process to enable them to develop creative ideas and produce outcomes.

While students may take this qualification in a specialist subject, this qualification is ideal for those who have not decided what discipline and subject area within art and design they wish to develop their practice.

The Diploma is a precursor of the Extended Diploma. Therefore, those choosing to do the Extended Diploma will cover the same knowledge as those doing the Diploma, but in more complex tasks and will also learn to apply their knowledge of the creative process to a personal creative practice, for example, textile, graphics, photography.

Students will show an increased amount of autonomy and critical thinking to develop creative ideas and produce outcomes.

For more information, please read:

Purpose statement - Applied General Diploma in Art and Design (PDF 180KB)

Purpose statement - Applied General Extended Diploma in Art and Design (PDF 176KB)

Qualifications at a glance

Diploma

  • Level - 3
  • Units - 1
  • TQT Hours - 780
  • GLH - 600
  • Typical course duration - 1 year
  • UCAS points
    Pass - 36
    Merit
    - 60
    Distinction
    - 84
  • QAN - 603/1457/6
  • Typical progression: Further education, higher education, vocational courses, employment, apprenticeships

Extended Diploma

  • Level - 3
  • Units - 2
  • TQT Hours - 1,620
  • GLH - 1,160
  • Typical course duration - 2 years
  • UCAS points
    Pass - 72
    High Pass - 96 
    Merit
    - 120
    High Merit - 144
    Distinction
    - 168
  • QAN - 603/1459/X
  • Typical progression: Further education, higher education, vocational courses, employment, apprenticeships

Specification and documents

Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design specification (PDF 1.7MB)‌

Sample External Assessment paper - Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design (PDF 741KB)

Delivery guidance available upon request from b.tobin@arts.ac.uk.

Stakeholder support

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with subject practitioners and further education colleges to ensure that it provides learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to prepare learners for employment and/or support a role in the workplace.

Both the UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design have been supported by the following Higher Education Institutions:

Arts University Bournemouth - letter of support (PDF 53KB)‌

Blackburn College - letter of support (PDF 59KB)

Leeds College of Art - letter of support (PDF 197KB)

Plymouth College of Art - letter of support (PDF 344KB)

Ravensbourne - letter of support (PDF 47KB)‌

Working with us

These qualifications have been recently developed, and a small selection of centres will be delivering them during their first year of operation.

For further information, or to register your interest in order to be notified when the qualifications are ready to be offered to all centres, please contact the Qualification Development team at qualdev.awarding@arts.ac.uk.

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