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Creative Industries accounted for 6.1% of the total number of jobs in the UK in 2017.

Level 2 students can choose from a wide range of subjects to specialise in for further study towards a career. This course will introduce you to a range of activities essential to the development and delivery of art and design outcomes including research, ideas development, the use of technical skills and evaluation. It will also provide an introduction to the diversity of roles and responsibilities in the arts, design and creative industries and the personal and professional characteristics needed for a career in the creative media industry

During this course you will;

  • Develop English and Maths skills, as well as a portfolio of work, in preparation for direct progression to Level 3 study in the art and design area of your choice or apprenticeship.
  • Explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. Many students will have identified a specific career in the creative industries that they wish to progress to (eg fashion designer, graphic designer, product designer, architect), using this qualification as a starting point
  • Work with employers, galleries, Museums and respond to the fast-paced nature of the creative industries
  • Produce a personal portfolio of evidence via a final major project

This course has a 97%-100% achievement rate.

"Art students look at the world as outsiders and demand change. Artists and designers do not celebrate the status quo but ask questions demanding new creative ways of thinking." Bob and Robert Smith

"My son never got on at school. Now he is happy and likes what he does and I am getting good reports from his teachers for the first time in years. They know him and want the best for him".

Career Destinations

  • Graphic Artwork/Designer
  • Motion Graphic & Animation Artist
  • Games Designer
  • 3D Product Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Junior Fashion Designer
  • Textile - Surface Pattern & Print Designer.

What can I do next?

Supports progression to a specialised Level 3 vocational art and design course or an apprenticeship.

What will I be doing?

You will;

  • Explore 2D and 3D visual communication and ways of working through art and design project work
  • Improve visual research and study skills in preparation for progression to further study
  • Develop an individual career plan towards working in the creative industries
  • Gain confidence and teamwork skills to enhance communication and fulfil potential
  • Create an individual portfolio of work appropriate to the area of progression
  • Develop appropriate skills/qualifications in English and Maths

Added Extras

  • Specialist group and individual learning support with an emphasis on diversity and different ways of learning
  • Development of study skills and core skills in Maths and English
  • Enrichment programme of visits including London art galleries, local Museum and major exhibitions of art and design work to broaden knowledge of creative practise
  • Employer engagement including; live briefs, working with local museums, theatres and resident artists and a programme of visiting speakers, including student alumni and practitioners, from the creative sector
  • Encourage learners to gain confidence in realising their potential in their chosen field and contribute to professional exhibitions, competitions and showcases

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through working on practical assignments producing a range of products and sketch books for the main programme. One of the units will be externally assessed.

Entry requirements

  • 136 GCSE points plus Grade D (Grade 3 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure) in English Language


  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma at Merit level with Functional Skills English Level 1
  • You will be required to bring examples of your work to interview

For more information on GCSE points please refer to

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £110, a kit list will be provided, this will give you everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £90 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.

Students at HRC who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the Bursary Fund for support towards essential kit, visit and material costs. Please note - bursary funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. For further information contact the Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fee Information

Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2024.
If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2024, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2023/2024 and could be subject to change for 2024/2025).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change

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