SEN Level 2 BTEC EQV. Art & Design Online Course

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Art & Design (SEN)

Level 2 Certificate



The College has developed two (SEN) programmes - the online Level 2 (BTEC EQV) Certificate in Art & Design featured below and the Level 3 Foundation Diploma - 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 2 (BTEC EQV) Certificate in Art & Design


This is a fun beginner to intermediate art course. Students can study full-time over one year or part-time over 2 years. The course is an equivalent to GCSE / IGCSE and will offer the same opportunities for progression to our foundation diploma courses. The main reason students choose Level 2 certificate over IGCSE is because it is far less problematic to deliver online as there is no exam to attend or written assignment / essay. Instead coursework is assessed online by the exam board examiner. This means the course is ideal for students who suffer from exam stress and for those who don't work well under pressure. An additional benefit is a potential saving of £40 - £250 that the IGCSE exam can cost. However students must be 16 years old at the time of completing the course - (students can be 14 at the start of the course however).


This exciting course has a strong practical focus, developing not just skills, knowledge and understanding of art and design and the work of other artists, but also confidence. Successful completion of the course means students will receive the same Level 2 Certificate as from any other college. The course 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 at the time of completion - (you can be 14 years old at the start of the course), No previous art or design qualifications required.
  • Start any time - all year around. No need to wait until September!
  • One year full-time course - the course can be extended annually if student requires more time to complete - aditional annual fee payable.

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. Coursework will be assessed externally by the exam board and this will decide the final grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction). Students will be kept informed every step of the way on how to improve their work.


Structure Of The Course

This exciting course has 4 units designed to ensure students produce a stimulating and rewarding art & design project (s) which allow students to develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence in developing their interests and ideas in an artistic way.


Exploratory Stage: This first part of the course takes students through a programme of developing skills in drawing, painting, mixed media (collage), digital art and 3d (sculpture).

Pathway Stage: In this second part of the course students will be asked to make an art project within a speciallist pathway that is related to a theme which is of personal interest to them. Previous themes have included:


  • 'Identity"'
  • "My Manga World"
  • "I Me & Mine"
  • 'Bully'
  • "Success'
  • "Acceptance'
  • "Delicate"
  • "Overhead and Underneath'
  • "Surfaces'
  • "Precious"
  • "Through The Keyhole'
  • "My Dream World"
  • "Taken"


Pathways include: Illustration (including Manga), Textiles, Fashion, 3D (including Sculpture), Animation, Photography, Architectural Design, Digital Art, Printmaking, Fine Art, Craft, Painting.


Yor artwork will be assessed against the following 4 units:


  1. A/602/6142 Investigating information and developing research techniques - Mandatory Unit


  1. K/602/6251 Developing and handling media and materials - Mandatory Unit


  1. M/602/6252 Recognising and applying visual language and formal elements within production techniques - Mandatory Unit


  1. A/602/6254 Working to set briefs - Mandatory Unit



  • Fee = £2,000 GBP - $3,088 USD. One year full-time course - the ourse can be extended annually if student requires more time to complete - aditional annual fee payable.

The college will invoice charities, grant organisations and LEA / government agencies.


For more information about this course please call FREE 0800 612 0439 or contact us

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



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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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