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About Us Established in 1998, ABC Awards (ABC) is the result of combining more than 180 years of regional examination and assessment practices into one national Awarding Organisation. As a registered charity we are continuing the tradition of our founding organisations who were established by the sector to deliver useful and practical qualifications whilst offering exceptional support and ABC is proud to still be “owned” by the sector and working for the sector. ABC offers an outstanding range of vocational qualifications which reflect the skills that employers and centres look for in learners and employees. At ABC, we recognise the importance of continuing to offer not only a wide range and breadth of qualifications, but just as significantly, excellent customer support. An Experienced and Knowledgeable Team Our friendly and responsive approach to customers means all our centres have access to a dedicated Qualification Administrator as well as unlimited access to a Business Development Manager who can answer any queries or concerns you might have. Our Moderators are all subject specialists and are chosen by us for their experience, knowledge and ability to support centres to deliver ABC’s qualifications successfully. A Wide Range of Qualifications Our portfolio of more than 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications covers 14 sectors with qualifications to suit all ages and abilities. We have designed all ABC qualifications with the support of relevant stakeholders to make sure that they meet the needs of the current industries across the UK. This means that the qualifications are designed to give learners the skills needed to find employment, progress within education or enhance their skills in their current job role. We have more than 1200 centres with many tens of thousands of certificates being issued each year. Recognised and Valuable Qualifications ABC Awards is a national Awarding Organisation providing qualifications regulated by Ofqual.

The Design Industry in the UK employs around 200,000 people in three main areas - product and industrial design, stage and set design and in communications. The Industry is relatively young and has a huge variety of talents valued by clients in the UK and abroad. Studying ABC’s art, design and creative industries qualifications will take learners into this exciting and fast paced world. Our popular and vibrant qualifications are perfect for those who have an interest in and a passion for art and design and who excel in creative thinking. Learners gain a realistic approach to the industry and develop good communication skills, IT, literacy, flexibility, teamwork skills etc. Our qualifications start at Level 1 with an excellent introduction to the subject, and move on to the more advanced design qualifications for those who have completed the earlier levels and want to progress to the next stage. Loads of our learners go on to complete further studies; some go into teaching or community arts, some go o to work with designers, magazine or book illustration, some into textile design, the possibilities are endless.

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Level 2 Award & Certificate in Carnival Skills Level 2 Award & Certificate in Community Arts Engaging in Community & Carnival Arts provides great opportunities. For the learner, the development of creative skills can broaden the understanding of the arts but more importantly, the community involvement provides a sense of ownership and pride. The community benefits from stronger cultural ties, improved social inclusion and most importantly, everyone has such a great time. Both these qualifications are central to community learning and improvement.

Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Preparing to Work in Creative Media

These industry-recognised qualifications provide valuable opportunities for individuals to gain the knowledge and understanding which will support entry into the Creative Media sector. They will enable learners to develop skills to plan and manage projects as well as presentation skills to promote their work and themselves to potential employers. Learners will develop an understanding of the market place and the stages of a project life cycle. These qualifications complement other vocational qualifications in this sector.

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Level 4 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Business for Creative Practitioners

This suite of qualifications is aimed at design graduates wishing to enhance and develop their own design business skills, management and employability within the creative industries sector. They also suit designers seeking to understand their clients’ business model. Learners will usually take this qualification after completing a course in higher education.

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Level 3 Frameworks in Spatial Design, Visual Art, Graphic Design, Craft, Broadcasting, Advertising, Web & Multimedia, Animation, Photography Careers in accoustics and recording, CAD modelling, film making, script writing, publishing, advertising, computer games design, magazine illustration, screen printing, the list goes on and on but how do learners, interested in turning their creative and digital hobbies or enthusiasm into a career in the creative industries, go about it? ABC’s exciting range of qualifications aims to develop the practical and technical skills employers require to allow their business to compete and progress in their respective world.

Who are these qualifications aimed at? • 16 - 19 year olds who are undertaking other vocational qualifications relating to the Art, Design and Media sector • Adults returning to education • Professionals wishing to re-skill and undertake vocational updating What’s next? The ABC Level 3 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas enable learners to progress to further and higher education or training through the development of specific technical and creative skills. Progression could be through ABC’s Level 4 Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art, Design and Media, providing enhanced opportunities for career progression and diversification. ABC offers a range of qualifications which can be used as Additional and Specialist Learning to enhance The Diploma experience for 14-19 year olds. Our Level 3 Frameworks have been included in the ASL catalogue.

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Level 1 & Level 2 Art, Design & Creative Studies For those who want to learn to draw and paint, to express their inner creativity, learn different techniques and work with a variety of materials, then these qualifications are just the job. Level 1 aims to introduce learners to the basic skills and techniques of 2D and 3D areas of study and most importantly explore creative potential. Level 2 then allows for development of these skills once the learner has found their niche and can progress their chosen media, materials and techniques. Progression routes include •

Level 3 qualifications

AS Level / A2 Level qualifications in Art and Design disciplines

National Certificate or National Diploma and HNC/D



ABC’s Level 1 Certificate in Art Design and Creative Studies is included in the Foundation Learning Catalogue for funding. Foundation Learning is a set of qualifications within the Qualifications and Credit Framework, with clear progression routes through Entry and Level 1 leading to Level 2.

Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Ceramics, Jewellery, Interior design, Printmaking, Decorative paint techniques, Lens based media, Computer aided, design, Soft furnishings, Upholstery, Embroidery, Felt making, Digital imaging, Desk Top Publishing, Multimedia design, Sign Writing, Life drawing, Book binding, Leatherwork – this list is not exhaustive!

“A very good course that learners find very practical and user friendly”

Level 3 & Level 4 Diplomas in Foundation Studies Art, Design & Media

ABC’s Level 3 develops learners’ awareness and understanding of the relationship between their strengths and realisable goals for the next stage. Our Level 4 develops the ability to take responsibility for the overall direction of work.

These qualifications introduce learners to Fine Art, 3D Design, Art & Design History, computers in Art and Design, Media and Fashion & Textiles. They are very broad based, challenging and enriching and build on learners’ prior experience, linking skills already gained, with ideas and challenges which will enable them to decide on a particular direction to continue their studies.

progression to degree level Art qualifications and/or other Higher Education qualifications

into related employment

The Level 3 carries UCAS Tariff Points for entry to Higher Education. Distinction 285, Merit 225, Pass 165.

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Photo Imaging

Digital Animation

Visual Thinking

Photojournalism Sound Mixing

Camera Techniques

Television Screenwriting

Interior Design

3D Materials Exploration

Model Making


Web & Multimedia


Advertising Design & Art Direction

Ceramics Fine Art


Publishing Skills

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“The qualifications are extremely logical to follow and implement. Also the ABC support is excellent�

ABC has no hidden fees or charges so the prices you see on our web site are the prices you actually pay. Our costs are inclusive of registration, certification and moderation fees. To assist with cost savings, ABC has frozen all charges for the year 2011-12.

Funding ABC Awards has endeavoured to provide signposting to funding eligibility but centres are advised that these are guides only and clarification from funding providers should be sought.

Resources Additional guidance and resources to support our qualifications is freely available to approved ABC centres.

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Published 19 May 2011


Art Sector Booklet  

Promotional leaflet for the Art, Design & Creative Industries sector including media, performing and visual arts, design and craft