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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years Level 3 Full-Time Hartlepool Sixth Form Full-time Vocational Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels. It is a complete programme and is therefore not taken with any other course.

Having an understanding and interest in arts and the culture of arts will benefit you personally and professionally.

You will need 4 GCSE's at grade 4-9, including Maths, English and Art & Design. Or a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

Primarily, you will learn through practical lessons in studios.

You will find out what is happening in the world of art by visiting galleries, museums and exhibitions.

Additionally, further independent contextual research will be encouraged.

The course is 100% internally set and assessed through multidisciplinary practice.

You will learn a variety of different styles and technical skills through highly practical, project-based learning.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri between 9am-4pm.

Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

You can expect to study modules including:

- Visual language in art and design
- Drawing and painting skills
- Print and photography
- Fashion textiles
- Digital Art

As part of your assessment, you will undertake projects that will allow you to utilise the various skills acquired throughout the course.


What’s next?

On completion of this course, you could progress to further study or training in digital art, continuing to Higher Education in Art and Design, Photography or Graphic Design.

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A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

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