NCFE Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Art and Design

Arts, Media and Publishing
Learning Resources Available, Performance Points, UCAS
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Level 3
Minimum entry age
This qualification is approved in the 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 Key Stage 5 Performance Tables.

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and above. It has been developed for learners aged 16-19 in schools and colleges, but is also accessible for learners post-19.

This qualification is designed for learners who want to study Art and/or Design at a higher level. Applied General qualifications are designed to be rigorous advanced qualifications that enable learners to develop subject-specific and transferable skills, which facilitate their progression on to higher learning.

Level 3 Applied General qualifications are automatically eligible for UCAS points under the new Tariff. The UCAS points have been awarded for this qualification in May 2017 as follows: P – 16, M – 32, D – 48, D* - 56.

Qualification Specification

This qualification specification contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment.

Delivery Guide

This document provides a guideline that defines the structure and content of the course.

Purpose Statement

This document outlines the content of this qualification, who it’s designed for, and the opportunities it could lead to.

Summary of Changes

This document summarises the changes in the qualification specification since the previous issue.

University of Sunderland Letter of Support

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

University of Huddersfield Letter of Support

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Southampton Solent University Letter of Support

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

External Assessment Windows

This document provides a breakdown of the assessment dates/windows for this qualification as well as information about the assessments dates.

Career Card

This document will help learners discover career and progression options in this qualification.


Internal Assessment Sample Tasks

This document provides example tasks for internal assessment.

External Assessment Sample Paper

This sample paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

Mark Scheme

This is the mark scheme for the sample external assessment.

Evidence and Grading Tracker

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Sample Portfolio

This Sample Portfolio is designed to demonstrate the types of evidence that could be produced for a Pass/Merit/Distinction grade for specified unit(s) within the qualification.

Grading Calculator

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Chief Examiner Report - Summer 2019

This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the Summer 2019 external assessment.

Mandatory units

  1. Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design (M/508/4397)
  2. Research Project in Art and Design (M/508/4402)
  3. Communicate Visually (A/508/4404)
  4. Present and Promote Your Work (R/508/4408)
  5. Develop a Personal Response in Art and Design (Y/508/4412)
  6. Applied General Art & Design – External Assessment (AGAD/EXTA)

Pathway to progression

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