Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Design
About this course

This is an apprenticeship course that provides an alternative route into a career in design compared to full time Nationals or Foundation courses.

The course covers a wide range of design specialisms, current students are working in graphics, sign work, web design, interior design, upholstery, architecture, landscape design, screen printing, lighting design and pottery. Past students have also worked in jewellery design, toy & games design and as a tattoo artist.

Our design apprenticeships are primarily delivered online, enabling you to spend as much time as possible in the work place with regular conference calls with your tutor.

An apprenticeship in design support will normally enable you to work with the most current, up to date specialist equipment and software. It will provide you with both commercial and knowledge building qualifications, obvious work experience and importantly you will be paid while you are learning.

What will I learn?

Develop design principles and techniques and processes for designing products

  • Understanding the design brief
  • How to follow a design process
  • Application of techniques for the design of products
  • Create visual design

 As part of this Apprenticeship programme, you will also complete a Aim (Level 2) Certificate in Design which includes:

  • Contextual References in Art and Design
  • 2D Visual communication
  • 3D Visual communication

Both qualifications have optional units that will be agreed with your employer.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths & English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, you will be required take Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT although you will be exempt from these if you have GCSE equivalent passes.

Study, assessment and qualifications

An Intermediate Design Support apprenticeship usually lasts for between 12 and 18 months, depending on your job role and previous experience.

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the creative and technical skills you need to do a job well.

Each apprenticeship involves a programme of training leading to a recognised qualification, and they are available at different levels, letting you choose the speed you wish to learn at.

Additional costs and information

As this is primarily an online course, you remain in your workplace during the working week and have regular timetabled conference telephone or video calls each week that normally last between 20 and 30 minutes.

Your tutor will make regular work place visits to review your progress with both you and your line manager.

You will need access to a computer with a webcam, headphones and mic but you will be provided with conferencing software - this will enable you to show and receive work during your conference call.  Your tutor will send you emails after each call to highlight key points and discuss any actions needed.

What could I do next?

Successful candidates can progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Design apprenticeship.

Some previous students have progressed to university or Higher Education establishments having successfully completed the design apprenticeship.

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.