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Level 3 Art and Design - your options for Autumn 2020

Written by UAL Awarding Body
Published date 10 March 2020

Please note: The following information affects centres in England only. Centres in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are wholly unaffected. No other UAL Awarding Body qualifications are affected. If you have any questions or would like to discuss these developments in more detail please contact us at

As a consequence of the defunding of the UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design (in England only), we are offering two options to centres for Autumn 2020:

Option 1 - Applied General Art and Design

The following two UAL Awarding Body qualifications will cease to attract funding for new registrations from August 2020:

Migration to the UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design (externally assessed) which are on DfE Performance Tables and remain fully funded. These qualifications contain a clear and simple two-unit structure, with external assessment in the first year only. They are designed to provide post-16 students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further, higher education and training or employment and will help students to succeed, be creative and take risks. The qualifications focus on developing students' understanding and application of the creative process to enable them to develop creative ideas and produce outcomes.

Option 2 -  Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication

UAL Awarding Body has developed two new qualifications: the UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication. These new qualifications will not be on DfE Performance Tables and will not contain external assessment. The focus of these qualifications is on the creative industries and future-proof skills, combining the best of art school tradition with an innovative practitioner and industry focus. Sustainability is a key theme woven throughout these qualifications which will encourage students to develop a contextualised and specific creative practice.

UAL Awarding Body is awaiting a decision from ESFA regarding the funding of these qualifications. ESFA have advised this will happen in Spring 2020, and we will advise centres as soon as more precise information becomes available.