Graphic Design Pathway HND Level 5

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This Graphic Design qualification is a specialist pathway within the Art and Design HND. The qualification you will receive at the end of the course will be the Art and Design (Graphic Design) HND.

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Art and Design (Graphic Design Pathway) HND is a work-related qualification for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities.

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Graphic Design is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the creative industries sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The course has been designed to meet the needs of the contemporary creative industries. This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy covers a wide range of subjects, including those of Graphic Design.

The pathways of this qualification are intended to provide students with opportunities to explore the creative industries through a focused curriculum that prepares them for further degree-level studies or working in the industry.

If you are looking to apply for a Higher Education course starting in September 2020, you can apply from Friday 11th October 2019.

What will I do?

The Level 5 HND is a two year course. During your first year you will study a Level 4 HNC. This can be a standalone one year qualification. Upon successful completion of the first year, you will then progress on to the second year to study the Level 5 HND.

During your first year, HNC, the core units you will study are:

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project (Pearson set unit)
  • Techniques and Processes

Specialist mandatory units for the HNC include:

  • Typography
  • Graphic Design Practice

During your second year, HND, the core units you will study are:

  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project

Mandatory unit from a ‘specialist pathway’:

  • Advanced Graphic Design Studies

Plus three chosen optional units that will be discussed with your tutor to suit your preferred pathway.

You will have access to Boston College’s Graphic Design facilities, which include, graphic suites with Apple Mac computers and industry standard software and a photographic studio.

A Merit or Distinction at Level 3 in a related subject, or Access to Higher Education qualification, or an A Level equivalent (minimum 80 new UCAS points) in related subjects.

You will also need to have GCSEs in English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 and/or minimum IELTS score of 6.

Individual cases will be considered, as well as relevant work experience will also be taken in to consideration if you fall outside of any of the above entry qualifications. If you are concerned about the above entry requirements an alternative course available is the Level 3 Diploma in Graphic Design.

The HND can also be studied as a one year top-up if you already hold a relevant HNC.

The Art and Design (Graphic Design Pathway) HND will take you one year to complete. You will attend College two days a week, 9:30am-4:30pm.

You will also need to undertake around 60 independent study hours per unit within the HND. This will include reading, and completing the assessment tasks.

Please note, the HND can also be studied as a one year top-up if you already hold a relevant HNC.

Independent study will also be necessary.

The Art and Design (Graphic Design Pathway) HND course fees will be:
HNC, Year 1 (2019) - £5550
HND, Year 2 (2020) - £5550

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in College can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, which include written assignments, practical work, group work, case studies, coursework, presentations, and work based evidence.

The assessment of Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications is criterion-referenced and you will provide evidence in the form of assignments, which are assessed against the unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

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