Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in  Art and Design (QCF)

Course Structure:

The Two Years Foundation course runs over 3 Stages: Diagnostic, Confirmation, and Final Major Project with students given more time to complete each stage gaining a stronger art & design practice and work on a digital version of their portfolio. During Diagnostic Stage, teachers will help students to discover their strength in their creative practice and guide them toward their pathway choice in a slower and less pressurised decision. Students have more time to try and test various subjects within art & design and work to their strengths before application to BA courses. For Confirmatory Stage, students must demonstrate an ability to study at BA level with an extensive personal body of work and an edited and curated digital portfolio that will consist of work produced throughout the entire course at professional level. For the Final Major Project students are expected to be self-initiated and work on an exhibition piece. From the start of the course, students will be experiencing a multitude of conceptual and practical approaches to enhance their creative practices. 

Equivalent Qualifications:

China: 3rd Year of High School
US: Year 12
UK: Foundation
Canada: Year 12
Australia: Year 12

Access from:

China: 2nd or 3rd Year of High School who have got or will get a high school diploma before they finish the first year of FAD.
US: Year 12
UK: A-Level
Canada: Year 12
Australia: Year 12

Progression to:

UK Undergraduate courses

Target Students:

Students who want to apply to undergraduate courses at UAL, or other UK/USA undergraduate courses in Art & Design. Students should have completed one of the following:
BACA Art Year 11 (A Level in Art) Pass Grade
2nd or 3rd Year of High School who have got or will get high school diploma
US: Year 12 (student should have high school diploma)
UK: A-Level (student should have 1 A level C or above)
Canada: Year 12 (student should have high school diploma)
Australia: Year 12 (student should have high school diploma)


2 Years

Entry Requirements:

Minimum Age: 17 Years Old
English Level: BACA 5.0 or IELTS 5.0

Application Documents:

High School Diploma / School transcript / Studying certification / Personal statement / Reference letter / Portfolio

Certificate and Qualification:

BACA Art Certificate (Year 12)
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)


If a student is referred to the two years Foundation and claims to be able to do the Foundation in one year, they should join the Orientation course to give the teaching team more time to assess the student’s true capabilities. At the end of the Orientation, a teacher’s board will assess and decide whether they can join the one year Foundation.
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