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For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

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Level 3 Sustainable Futures Level 3

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If you’re a creative person with an interest in sustainability and a connection to the environment, you might be looking for this brand new, first of its kind full-time programme. With us, over two years, you’ll learn how to develop core skills in creative practice, uniting them with permaculture, nature and sustainable living.

On the programme, you’ll explore a range of different ways you can be creative through traditional methods such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture, all the while linking your work to the environment and sustainability. This might include working with sustainable materials to develop unique, authentic crafts. You might learn how to design and grow your own permaculture spaces. You could discover how you can create art that can bring communities together in nature. Importantly, you’ll also learn how to reflect, research, and problem solve to create the most effective outcomes.

Your programme will end with a self-directed project, giving you a chance to show off your skills in a selected creative pathway. Here, you will be able to demonstrate your creative confidence either by working collaboratively or independently. Then, we’ll celebrate the work you have done with an end of year show with the rest of the school of art!

The Study Programme

The core of this programme is awarded by University of the Arts London (UAL). Widely regarded as the providing the best creative qualifications available, UAL enables us to teach flexible, professional programmes that give the most valuable, engaging and industry-ready skills possible. The programme will include support for your English and Maths as you work towards achieving your grade 4 or above at GCSE. There will also be opportunities to do creative work experience and have exciting enrichment sessions that support the growth of your personal and professional skills. Your programme will be further enhanced with valuable, contextualised group tutorials to engage you with the big conversations around happening us.

Who is This Programme For?

This might be a good programme for you whether you are new to or have some experience already in creative practice, as well as an interest in sustainability, nature and the environment. You would most likely be aged 16-18. Come and learn how to be a positive part of the future.

What do I need to join?

As well as having a keen interest in the subject area, you might show us a portfolio of work at an interview or taster day. Your portfolio might include recent, relevant creative work including developmental pieces and sketchbooks, final pieces and writing about the work.

You will also have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including an English or Maths. You may have completed a relevant Level 2 qualification as well/instead, but this is also not essential.

You will need to be committed, punctual and demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and taking on new ideas and skills.

Maths & English

A key requirement for obtaining many jobs is to achieve a good standard of English and Maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (C) will be enrolled on either a GCSE or functional skills programme alongside their course.

Work Experience

Students are directed and supported to seek opportunities relevant to their specialism to experience a working environment, whether this is a live project set by industry, a creative competition or working for a local or national company.

What can I do next?

Once you complete the full Level 3 two-year programme (equivalent to taking 3 A levels), you might be ready to explore Higher Education (HE) opportunities. Universities offer a range of degrees in sustainability, creativity, ecology, and other future-focused courses. You may also wish to take further courses in homesteading, horticulture, creative practice or sustainable living. We will support you with finding the best options available.

By working towards completing your English and Maths in this programme, you will further improve your opportunities to progress to the areas of study you are most interested in.

In the future, you might find yourself working in exciting, positive areas of the sustainability, creative, ecology or energy industries. You might be developing your sustainable homesteading business, your creative practice, a community living environment, regenerative horticulture or even new ways to make renewable energy.

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course information last updated: Friday 23rd February 2024 @ 8.03am (6 hours ago)

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