Update on availability of Level 3 and Level 4 BTEC Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design (2010)

25 June 2020

As you will be aware from previous communications and updates, last year the DfE undertook a review of funding for post-16 qualifications in England

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As a result, the Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (500/7928/1) was classified as pre-existing and will therefore no longer be available for registrations in England only after 31 July 2020. This qualification will remain available in Northern Ireland and internationally for final registrations until 30 September 2020.

The full DfE list or pre-existing Pearson qualifications being withdrawn from July 2020 in England can be found in the following document: 

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Although the BTEC Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (500/7936/0) was not affected by the DfE review of funding, in order to offer the new 2020 Level 3 and Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice qualifications (see information below) and avoid overlap of provision, final registrations in England, Northern Ireland and internationally will be 31st August 2021.

2020 Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diplomas in Art, Design and Media Practice

In response to teacher feedback about their needs in a updated Foundation qualifications for progression to University, we have introduced new BTEC Level 3 and Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice (FADM) for first teaching in September 2020 which offer an excellent alternative to the 2010 qualifications.

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The new FADM qualifications benefit from 100% internal assessment and a unique single module, non-unitised structure, whilst maintaining the essential exploratory and confirmatory stages of the traditional FAD programme. They carry 16-18 funding and are eligible for 19+ learner loans. UCAS have also confirmed that the Level 3 qualification will attract the same points as our current Level 3 FAD qualification and other FAD qualifications. They include up-to-date content, allowing enhanced accessibility for both Art and Design and Creative Media learners, embedding cross-disciplinary practices and allowing progression onto a wider range of current degree level programmes and employment opportunities in the creative industries.

If you have any questions or need support in moving to new qualifications, please contact the Art and Design and Creative Media subject advisor.


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