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Access to HE- Diploma in Art and Design - Part Time (Brannams)

Level 3
Course Code:
Brannams Campus
Starts 13th September 2021 - Two years, part-time (one day a week)

Packed with content, experimenting in 2D and 3D, with key seminars to introduce core art history especially within Modernism. Guided tasks leading towards more independent project work as your skills develop.

This is the course that offers you the opportunity to strengthen your skills, expand your thinking and prepare you for the next step in to H.E.


This Access to Higher Education Art and Design part-time course will open doors to Higher Education. If you always wanted to study on a creative degree programme but haven’t the relevant experience this course could be for you. The course would also suit adults who would like to further their understanding of the art world, be within an inspiring environment and become more focused on their own creativity.

The course in basic terms works much like a foundation diploma course. It begins with an exploratory phase to help you discover and experiment with materials and ideas. Alongside this, you will be made aware of artist's and designer's work that may inspire and fuel your ideas and help you to find where you fit as an artist within the broader framework of art and design. The projects that follow allow for more independent thinking and will help you discover your specialist interests that could potentially lead towards a specialist degree course. The course will enable you to build a portfolio of work, sketchbook studies and written study skills, all of which you would need for an H.E Interview.
Your assessment will be in the form of formal feedback to each project with graded and ungraded units, as well as ongoing informal reviewing, support and guidance.
Prospective students need to apply online and all applicants will be interviewed with a portfolio of work.

For learners aged 19 and above.

Most universities require at least 5 GCSE grades at C/4 or above, including English and Maths, as part of the entry requirements for degree courses. GCSE English and Maths are separate qualifications from the Access Diploma so, if required, we offer additional lessons for these subjects. If you don't already have a C/4 grade or above in Maths or English at GCSE, these are currently free for students over 18. Please contact our Guidance Centre for further details.

Please note that due to the amount of work involved, we strongly recommend that you only take one GCSE at the same time as the Access Diploma.

If you already have GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent), you should bring copies of your certificates with your to your interview.
Students will normally progress to Foundation Degrees at Petroc and students do apply to universities elsewhere in the country. Students have for example attended Bath, Bristol, Manchester, Brighton and Cardiff universities.
We have a designated open plan studio with subject-specific tutoring and support staff. The Learning Resources Centre is available, as well as online resources.
You will be given a project to start at the end of august. You will need to bring this with you on the first day along with your tool kit. You will need money for tea and coffee that is provided in the studio.
There will additional costs for printing and basic equipment.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Do universities recognise the Access to Higher Education Diploma?
A: The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a national qualification and is recognised and accepted by UK universities. Many universities have policies to encourage applications from Access to Higher Education students, who are valued for their maturity and willingness to contribute to discussions.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: You may be entitled to full fee remission if you are aged 19 - 23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification.
Aged 19+? - find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan - our Advice and Guidance Centre will be able to help you with this and any questions you may have.

Applicants who take the Advanced Learner Loan do not need to pay anything upfront. If you complete your Access Diploma and then go on to complete a course in Higher Education, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan, including any interest on it, will be written off. You can get full information from Student Finance England. Or you can contact our Advice and Guidance Centre for advice and information on fees.

Q: Can I get any help with childcare, or other costs?
A: Some additional help is available, dependent upon individual circumstances - please contact our Advice and Guidance Centre for advice and information.

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