Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Design
About this course

Whilst each industry requires specific skills, almost all of them require designers that can come up with a concept that both meets the businesses requirements and looks good too.

Roles in design can include working in graphics multimedia, fashion and textile design and manufacturing, interior and furniture design, graphic design or even as a tattoo artist!

Our design apprenticeships are primarily delivered online, enabling students to spend as much time as possible in work with regular conference calls with your tutor and occasional workshops delivered in college.

This course is suitable for people working in a job that has a commercial design focus. 

It provides a natural progression route from the design support programme. Students are likely to be already working in design but are potentially looking to design, manage and take responsibility for client assignments. 

The Advanced apprenticeship provides an alternative to a full time course for those seeking the benefits of employment and training together.


Watch our 2018 Apprentice Award winner Blaire at work!

What will I learn?

What is included in the framework?

• Competence - Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Design
• Knowledge - Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design
• Skills Element -  Level 2 Functional Skills English
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills Maths
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills ICT
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement is Level 1 or GCSE grade D in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to complete initial assessments in Maths and English and ICT.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Method of Delivery

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio. 

Functional Skills will generally be delivered at one of our Wiltshire College campuses. 

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Additional costs and information


18 – 24 months

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.