Introduction by Mr Fernando Gomez, Art & Technology Coordinator

Hello readers and welcome to the College Art & Technology department's section of our website.

The College offers Art and Technology qualifications across all Levels that cater for most learner needs and ability ranges. Some of these courses include work placement opportunities which allow learners to experience and apply the subject knowledge, skills and understanding gained in the classroom and/or workshops, into the local industrial sectors.

Most practical courses follow a hands-on approach and try to provide learners with core craftsmanship skills and awareness when fabricating products and outcomes. In certain courses learners also have their creative thinking and problem-solving capabilities tested through ‘a design and make’ approach in practical scenarios.

Visual language is another important technique that learners need to acquire as it is a common transferrable skill widely utilised in most practical-based courses that we offer.

Some of these vocationally-related qualifications not only allow for natural progression routes within our curriculum framework, but also allow learners to follow domestic apprenticeship schemes and nursing career pathways within our employability sector.

Below, please find a diverse range of qualifications that the Art & Technology section offers across all curriculum Levels.


Level 1 Qualifications

Award in Health & Social Care

This Level 1 qualification in Health & Social Care is a vocationally-related qualification, is industry relevant and allows learners to engage with the principle values and policies of the caring and early years sectors.  It provides learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aim of enhancing their employability within the local caring sectors. 

Certificate in Engineering & Technology

This Level 1 qualification in Engineering & Technology covers the foundation level knowledge and understanding of a range of engineering competencies and their applications in practical ‘hands-on’ scenarios.  It provides a broad based introduction to the practices and processes of engineering and technology and prepares learners for future career prospects in this field of practice and progression into the Level 2 Engineering qualification.

Level 2 Qualifications

Certificate in Engineering & Technology

This Level 2 qualification is a vocationally-related course that has been developed to provide learners with a greater sense of awareness and insights into the practices and processes of engineering and technology. This qualification allows for the learners to broaden their personal skills, knowledge and understanding within the engineering and technology sectors and includes the possibility to attend relevant work placement opportunities with local electrical contractors. This qualification certainly allows learners to follow local apprenticeship pathways after they conclude this learning journey.

Certificate in Systems Control in Engineering

This Level 2 qualification allows learners to investigate and study the principles of micro processing control that uses sensors, feedback and actuators that constantly adjust for a desired performance. Through this qualification, you will explore computer and microprocessor applications. You will learn how systems are used in engineering environments such as product design, automated manufacturing, maintenance and stock control. You will also take part in engaging practical tasks such as producing simple electronic circuits, testing the operation of circuits, and designing and testing a simple control system.

GCSE in Resistant Materials Technology

The Level 2 qualification is designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality using a range of practical skills, techniques and processes. The aim of this qualification is to allow students to develop the following aptitudes:

  • Their creative thinking when designing and making products
  • An understanding of the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose when fabricating products
  • Their problem-solving and decision-making skills in design and make scenarios
  • An understanding of the role that designers and product developers have and their impact on society

The programme’s ethos relies on allowing students to work independently on practical scenarios when generating ideas and outcomes through a ‘hands-on’ approach to tasks and activities.

GCSE in Fine Art

This qualification is designed to be a general course, encompassing art, craft and design and to enable students to explore a range of 2 and 3 dimensional approaches to their studies. The aim of this qualification is to allow students to develop:

  • An awareness, through practical experience, of historical and contemporary practice and research techniques linked to the students’ own personal work.
  • An understanding as to how visual meaning is created and communicated through creative experimentation with media and materials.
  • Ways of working that emphasise practical independence, self-directed learning and how to improve practice over time.
  • Their practical art and design skills, techniques and processes through working on assignment briefs.
GCSE  in Health & Social Care

This qualification is designed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into employment within the Health, Social Care and Early Years sectors. The aim of this qualification is to encourage students to:

  • Increase their knowledge and understanding of the health, social care and early years sectors through the investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations
  • Inspire and encourage them to become independent learners.
  • Develop their awareness of the influences on an individual’s health and well-being and highlight the importance of motivation and support when improving health.
  • Recognise the importance of the stages of development of an individual and their relationships.
Health & Social Care Vocational

This course is designed to allow students to follow the GCSE award in Health and Social Care together with the attachment of work placement. The work placement consists of:

  • Work experience in the GHA and government nursery (one morning release).
  • Allows  learners with a ‘hands‐on’ experience in different areas of Health. Skills acquired will need to be documented in the candidates’ log books.
  • All students following the vocational option will be vetted as part of the GHA Policy.

Level 3 Qualifications

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Construction

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners. They encourage and recognise achievement in learners, some of whom may not be getting the most out of ‘traditional’ academic study. BTEC courses are vocational courses in that they gear and prepare the learner towards a certain career and/or higher education courses. A learner obtaining a Subsidiary Diploma in Construction will therefore be very well prepared to follow onto a higher education course related to the Built Environment or careers such as Building Surveying, Architecture and Engineering.

It is also a valuable and recognised qualification in the local industry, which provides learners with an opportunity to learn about essential construction principles and scenarios that exist in the local sector with the possibility to follow a prospective career in this field of practise.

OCR Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

This qualification in Health and Social care is designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto Higher Education on a programme such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies.

This qualification also allows for:

  • An understanding of health and social care in the wider contexts of different environments and settings where care takes place
  • An insight into the importance of effective communication in the health and social care sector
  • An understanding of the importance of legislation in health and social care

A range of visits into the different caring settings and guest speakers contributions will be arranged to allow learners to gain the necessary knowledge in a first hand basis and understand how the local sector works and functions in relation caring services, organisations and legislations.

A Level in Fine Art

This qualification is designed to encourage students with an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. This qualification qualifies for UCAS points, and provides students with a broad educational basis for progression onto higher education or for moving into employment within the creative industries. The aim of this qualification is to allow students to develop:

  • Their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers through the use of traditional media and digital manipulation (especially Adobe Photoshop editing and application in assignment developmental work).
  • Their investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.
  • An understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate.
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.

This course also allows students to explore photo-editing software as a project development and recording tool with the possibility of increasing their IT pro-efficiency in this creative area of work.



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