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Pearson BTEC HNC in Art and Design (Arts Practice)

This one year part-time course aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to take the first steps towards a career within the creative industries. It is for students who already have an existing strong art and design skills set and wish not only to extend these but also to develop an understanding of how to exhibit, promote and sell their work within the creative marketplace. It is delivered over two full days and one half day a week to allow students to balance other work and personal commitments alongside their course of study.
2 Years
Level 4

Course Structure

Contextual studies increase your knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary art practices. You are taught academic skills and methods and learn to write analytically about art and related concepts. There is a strong emphasis on the creative development of the individual and their practice. It allows students to refine and hone both their practical and theoretical skills in a nurturing, supportive and creative environment. The experienced teaching team have strong industrial links across the creative arts in Northern Ireland. 

The course is project driven and student focused offering an inter disciplinary programme across a series of 2D and 3D art practices, covering painting, print, sculpture, ceramic and digital art.

Mandatory Modules

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project
  • Techniques and Processes

Specialist Units will Include

  • Media Practices
  • Material Practices
  • Communication in Art and Design
  • Visual Narratives 


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Available Sessions

Title Campus Type Start Spaces Fee
Pearson BTEC HNC in Art and Design (Arts Practice) (Year 1)



Time: 09:00-15:00



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Contact Hours

14 hours contact time to include practical classes, group work, lectures, seminars, visits, workshops, exhibitions or tutorials. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments per module.   

Personal Study

A further 10 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments

Entry Requirements


  • GCSE English Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • GCSE Maths Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy


  • A minimum of 48 UCAS points at A level which must include a grade C pass or above at A2 moving image arts/media related subject
  • A BTEC foundation Diploma in Art and Design with a M profile
  • BTEC/OCR Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design with a MP profile. 

International requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (minimum of 5.5 in all skills) 
  • PTE 51 or approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 


Successful completion of the admissions process


Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, exhibitions, practical, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the HNC Art and design course may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in Art and Design programme. The course aims to help students to develop industry connections through a strong programme of masterclasses, practical workshops and industry visits. The teaching team all work within the creative arts in Northern Ireland and can offer advice and support to those seeking employment or further study in the field of creative industries. 

How will it make me more employable?

The HNC course has been designed to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical background to working in art practice. The combination of knowledge and skills students acquired on the HNC are all transferable into an industry setting.

Additional Costs

A materials list will be sent to students once accepted onto the course with specific requirements.  This will include;

  • A standard kit of art materials such as sketch books, paints, brushes, pencils, pens. Approx. £100
  • A digital SLR camera. Approx. £150 upwards
  • A portfolio case with sleeves A3 or above dependent on own practice. Approx. £40-£60
  • A memory cards for both video and audio files approx. £25.  

In addition, students will be expected to partake in gallery/museum/workshop visits. Students are asked to budget approx. £30 per visit for transport and food.


The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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