Art and Design (CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

Art and Design (CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

Subject Area: Access to Higher Education Art and Design Adult Learning


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 152866
  • Entry Requirements

    You must be aged 19+ and have an interview with the course team.

    GCSE maths at grade 4 or above (A*-C)/ Functional Skills Level 2, interview and suitable reference.

    Should you require an Advanced Learning Loan this must be confirmed prior to enrolment.

    Course Overview


    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    The study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme, and you must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

    The study programme includes 60 Level 3 credits which will be made up of: Introduction to Drawing, Printmaking, Introduction to Contextual Studies, Colour, 3D, Using a workshop, Techniques and Processes, Visual Studies, Modernism, Communicate and Investigate through Drawing, and a Final Major Project. There is also a study skills unit which will help you prepare for academic writing, researching, and preparing for presentations.

    A variety of assessment is used which includes completed art work, sketchbooks, essays, reports, presentations, portfolio evidence, and a final major project.

    You will be in College for 2 days for the Diploma.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

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    English & Maths Requirement

    It is a mandatory requirement that every applicant for this course has achieved (and has evidence of) a GCSE English and/or maths at grade C/ 4 or above before enrolment. Should you not have evidence of a GCSE grade C/4 in English and/or maths, then you will be required to apply for; and successfully complete; the part time GCSE programme prior to the Access course.

    Should you hold one of these two subjects, then please ensure that you apply for the other qualification in addition the your chosen HE Access course when completing the online form.

    Should you have achieved your qualifications in another country, you are required to formally translate them via the NARIC website before we can enrol you. This is called a ‘Statement of Equivalency’,

    More details about the part time English and maths GCSEs at Suffolk New College can be found here:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I have English and maths qualifications but I do not have my certificates. Can I still join the course?

    To prove you meet the entry requirements you do need either your certificates or an official letter confirming your grades. If you do not have evidence of your qualifications you have a couple of options:

    1) Contact the school you were at to see if they can write a letter confirming the grades you achieved while you were there,

    2) Contact the exam boards for replacement certificates, though they do charge for this,

    3) Contact the Head of Access to HE and Science at the College, they will be able to check the national Learner Record Service.

    I studied overseas. Are my qualifications equivalent and can I gain entry onto the course with them?

    All international qualifications need to be submitted to NARIC ( to be converted to the UK equivalents. This is called a ‘Statement of Comparability’. We cannot enrol you without this. Alternatively, you will need to enrol on the GCSE programme first and complete the Access course the following year. Please refer to our website for more information about our courses,

    What days and times do I need to come in for lessons?

    All Access to HE Diplomas are timetabled over 2 days each week between 9am and 4:30pm. The exact days are dependent on the Diploma you want to study on.

    Can I use the loan to pay for my course?

    Students are eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the tuition fees for this course. More information about this can be found on:

    Do I sit any exams for this course?

    Each Access to HE Diploma contains some exams, although they are primarily assessed through assignments.

    Can I do English and maths alongside the Access course?

    If you only have a grade C/4 or Level 2 Functional Skills in one (English or maths) you will be required to sit the other alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

    For Access to HE: Art and Design do I need to provide a portfolio of work?

    Yes, once you have applied, you will be invited in for an interview to discuss your study aims and review any work you have produced in previous study or in personal activity.

    Course Highlights

    This study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

    This study programme will give you the entry criteria for university as a mature student.

    The programme offers Level 3 Art and Design units as well as study skills units to help prepare you for university. Working with practicing artists in our well-equipped studios and workshops will extend your ideas and help you develop your artistic skills. You will also look at how to use research to develop your work and prepare for higher level study.

    Next Steps

    You will be able to apply for a number of Art & Design related degrees at the completion of the course.

    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2022.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.