SEN Foundation Diploma

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Foundation Diploma

The College has developed two (SEN) programmes - Level 3 Foundation Diploma featured below and the online Level 2 (BTEC EQV) Certificate in Art & Design - click to view. These programmes have been specifically developed for students with special or specific learning needs. Students disadvantaged by disabilities, Autism Aspergers, emotional and behavioural needs, students in hospital, teenage mums all benefit from this course and the additional specialised support it offers. OCAD has its own trained coordinator for students with special and specific educational needs (SENCO) who is experienced and ready to help. The programmes also include a link coordinator who works with LEAs to ensure all parties are kept informed.

Online (SEN) Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Ofqual.regulated 500/8476/8) - Progress to University or Creative Career!


The Online Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a three-stage, one year course (can be extended annually)designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to enter the profession of Artist or Designer. This exciting course has a strong practical focus, developing not just knowledge and understanding of art and design and design theory, but also professional skills. Successful graduates earn a Foundation Diploma qualification that is equal to 3 A Levels and is nationally accredited by one of the UK's largest vocational awarding bodies, ABC Awards.


Equaly valuable, graduates achieve a specialist portfolio that expresses their personal brand of art and design, enabling access to top universities and employment as a professional qualified Artist or Designer.

Course Overview

  • Entry Requirements: 16 years or over, GCSE / IGCSE Art or photography or good portfolio. Mature students require no exam qualifications, some ability to draw and paint and a desire to succeed are required. Send example of your work if unsure of level.
  • Start any time - all year around. No need to wait until September!
  • One year full-time course - can be extended annually if student requires more time to complete - aditional annual fee payable.
  • Requirements: broadband connection / basic art materials
  • Progression: to any University / BA Honours Degree
  • Accreditation: ABC Awards
  • Ofqual Regulated: Yes (Ofqual number 500/8476/8)
  • UCAS Tarif: up to 112 points - equivalent to two A Levels at A* grade - university entry requires 80 -100 UCAS points
  • UCAS application supported: Yes
  • Portfoilo support: Yes
  • Tuition: Face to face, one to one - unlimited


How It Works

Students receive access to their own online studio where they can work through their course. Units and assignments are listed along with supporting resources, video tutorials for skills development, step by step guides etc. Photographs of students' completed work are uploaded to their college e portfolio for assessment and constructive, friendly written feedback on how to progress. Additionally students are invited to discuss with an experienced and qualified personal tutor their progress and receive face to face verbal feedback, encouragement and support. Students may also benefit from relationships with their fellow online students as they can view profiles and comment on each others' art work if they wish.



Formative as courses progress and summative at the end of units and the course. Your Final Major Project will be assessed externally by the exam board and this will decide your final grade. You will be kept informed every step of the way on how to improve your work.


Structure Of The Course

The course comprises three distinct stages; Exploratory stage, Pathway stage and finally Confirmatory stage. Each stage is 12 to 24 weeks in duration depending on whether you study full-time or part-time. These can be extended if required.


The Exploratory stage is the first stage of the course and as the title suggests it gives you the opportunity to understand at a deeper level what art and design is and to experience working in a number of disciplines. Within each discipline you will use a range of materials and processes and learn the value of drawing and photography as a starting point.


You are offered 5 projects from which you study 4.


  1. Photography (mandatory)


  1. Fine Art


  1. Graphic Design and Illustration


  1. 3D (Architecture, 3d Design, Sculpture)


  1. Fashion and Textiles


The Pathway stage is where you choose which pathway / discipline you wish to explore further and at a greater depth. Your tutors will review with you your work from the exploratory phase and this will inform your decision. The final decision is of course yours.


The Confirmatory stage is the final stage of the foundation diploma and the only stage that will decide your final grade. You will be asked to write a statement of intent with the support of your tutor. This document will outline your chosen final major project.Your final major project is practical and can be in any form you choose; show reel, a dress, a series of photographs, a painting, an animation, a design for an interior, architectural design, a video game etc.



  • Fee = £4,000 GBP. One year full-time course - can be extended annually if student requires more time to complete - aditional annual fee payable.


The College is able to invoice local education authorities, charities, groups, employers.


To find out more please call FREE 0800 612 0439 or contact us

OCAD currently works with many LEAs nationwide. Courses funded through EHC plans, personal budgets and partner arrangements with local colleges.

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OCAD is part of the Cambridge Online Education Group - Company number 06594953

Registered UK Learning Provider 10033485



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