Who is the qualification for?
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, skills and processes related to investigating, exploring and creating art and design work as part of their Key Stage 4 learning.
The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.
What does the qualification cover?
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.
The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:
• knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, creative process, art and design disciplines and approaches, materials, techniques and processes
• development of key skills that prove aptitude in art and design practice, such as generating and visually communicating creative responses to art and design briefs
• process that underpins effective ways of working in art and design practice, such as generating ideas, prototyping, development, review and refinement
• attitudes that are considered most important in art and design practice, including planning, organisation and communication.
What can the qualification lead to?
Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.
Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
• A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects
• study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Art and Design, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the art and design areas.
Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
• study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3. For these learners, the attitudes and the reflective and communication skills covered in the qualification will help them achieve
• study of art and design post-16, e.g. through a Technical Diploma in Design Production.
Learners who perform strongly in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead to employment in the art and design sector.
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