BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma

Course Outline

e.g. This is a two year, Level 3 course which consists of 9 topics


All Coursework

You will be given an assignment brief which assesses your knowledge. You will have one opportunity for feedback and changes then you will receive a final grade.

Examining Board


Career Opportunities

A wide range of careers in health and social care covered, focusing on areas such as early years education, social care services and health care.

Teaching Methods

Classroom based lessons which aim to have a vocational slant on the content. Work placements also provide opportunities to consolidate information learned in lessons. These take place in November and enrichment week in year 12.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (