Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This Apprenticeship is a training programme for new or existing employees working within a design function.

The programme operates in the workplace, where employees work alongside experienced staff to gain specific skills, whilst also receiving tuition from Bridgwater & Taunton College.

The Apprenticeship enables an employer to fill specific skills gaps, adapt to new opportunities and technologies, and to train their workforce in their own way, passing on skills which have been acquired over many years.

What does the course involve?

The course has flexibility to meet individual needs for employers and apprentices and commonly includes the following aspects:

  • Identifying client’s requirements and writing design briefs
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Copyright and legislation
  • Using the design process effectively
  • Digital software, for example Adobe CC
  • Creative image-making techniques and processes
  • Layout and composition
  • Drawing
  • Presenting designs/artwork
  • Branding
  • Market research
  • Costs and budgets
  • Time management
  • English skills

We are working with a range of small and large businesses in areas including graphic design, fashion and textiles and product design.

The Design Apprenticeship programme consists of:

  • Training for a number of qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship Framework
  • Workplace training to develop industry skills and knowledge
  • Fortnightly Studio Days at College for training, support and use of the Creative Arts facilities. Flexible training is offered with the aim of supporting the needs of individual apprentices and employers as much as possible
  • Regular visits to the workplace from the Trainer/Assessor for assessment, and to monitor progress and set targets
  • Apprentices have full use of the College facilities

What makes this course special?

The design industry is growing from strength to strength, with more employers recognising the need to encourage younger people to work within the industry.

According to a survey by The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, nearly every employer that employs an apprentice reports benefits to their business. 89% of businesses report improved productivity as a result.

Entry Requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England.

Entry requirements include:

Level 2: 4 GCSE Grades A – E or 9 - 3 including Maths, English and ICT

Level 3: 5 GCSE Grades A – C or 9 - 4 including Maths, English and ICT.

The Apprenticeship is suitable for those with an interest in the subject, who enjoy working in a practical way within a team. Apprentices need to be keen to train both at work and at Bridgwater & Taunton College.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment takes place throughout the course and there are no exams. Examples of assessment methods include:

Evidence of practical skills and knowledge

  • Producing design work
  • Verbal discussion activities with the Trainer/Assessor
  • Video evidence
  • Observation activities with the Trainer/Assessor
  • Other evidence such as email correspondence with clients for example
  • Witness statements from managers and work colleagues are also used to support coursework evidence

Evidence of theoretical knowledge and understanding

  • Written assignments, projects and case studies
  • Verbal discussion activities with the Trainer/Assessor

How long is the course?

The Apprenticeship can last up to a maximum of two years, depending on the level of qualifications.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

To discuss the employer costs of an Apprenticeship, and what grants and funding a business might be entitled to, call the Business Development Apprenticeship team on 01278 655111.

Further Information