Station Road, Wigston. LE18 2DS
0116 2881611

Cambridge Technicals Art and Design Level 3 Introductory Diploma

What are Cambridge Technicals?

Cambridge Technicals are targeting learners aged 16+. They allow for greater flexibility with the choice of units that make up the qualification and are 100% internally assessed. In addition, the Level 3 qualifications have UCAS points supporting progression to HE.

This qualification provides an understanding of art, design and craft through engagement with the work of artists and designers. Students have the opportunity to gain practical and creative skills by working with the 2D and 3D materials, processes and techniques of their choice. Available options include photography, graphic design, 3D, fine art and textiles.


  • Cambridge Technicals are exam-free so suit all learning styles
  • There’s no external assessment
  • Includes hands-on practical experience based upon real life scenarios UCAS points available at Level 3 to support progression to higher education

Art and Design

The creative industries are an important growth area in the UK, bringing significant cultural and economic benefits through a wide-ranging choice of career options. Career choices aren’t just limited to becoming a painter or sculptor; they range from freelance work in photography, graphic design or fashion design through to web design, animation or making ceramics for large organisations. Other careers include becoming a restorer of paintings and antiques or interior designer.

The Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in art and design offer specialist pathways that reflect the breadth of opportunities available within the art and design sector. They provide an understanding of art and design through engagement with the work of artists and designers, materials, processes and techniques. This leads to the application of practical and creative skills that transfer easily into the workplace.

Why choose them?

If you prefer to learn in a way that’s practical and work-related, then
Cambridge Technicals are ideal. The great thing about them is that they keep your options open – so if you’re not fully convinced that a vocational way of learning is right for you, Cambridge Technicals keep the door open for a move to higher education further down the line.

In the first year you will study 3 units.

The mandatory first unit of “Art & Design in context” involves looking at key Art movements and events. From this initial unit you will develop a range of Art works.

In the second year three further units will be studied.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the two years.

What could I go on to do after the course?

Many students go on to take a one year Foundation Course in Art and Design. Following completion of the Foundation course students apply for Degree Level courses. 

Degree level courses are available in a wide range of areas and include: Textiles Design, Fashion Design, Fine Art (Printing, Painting, Sculpture), Ceramics, Jewellery, Theatre Studies, Interior Design and History of Art.