Start Date: Duration: Level: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 2 Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is a practical Art and Design programme for those who enjoy art and would like to develop their creative art and design skills.

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D, one of which should be in an art and design subject.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will be asked to provide some of your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

The course is mainly taught through practical work in well equipped studios and is assessed through coursework. The course also includes visits to museums and galleries where you will learn to look at and record the work of other artists and designers.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Monday-Friday, 9am - 4.30pm. Days and times of study are subject to change.

Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

This course aims to equip students with the necessary art and design skills and qualification to move on to a relevant level 3 course, apprenticeship or occupation.

You will study the following modules:

Unit A: Exploring and Developing Art & Design Skills

Unit B: Personal Development

Unit C: Responding to a Creative Brief

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What’s next?

If you are successful on the course and achieve a merit grade, then you will be able to progress onto a level 3 Art and Design related course which will open up opportunities to work in a wide variety of creative arts based industries.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.