Is this course right for me?

Would you like to progress into Higher Education? Do you want to prepare for studying a degree in art and design or a related subject? This course gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress onto a related higher education course.

The aim of the All Wales Access to HE Diplomas is to give you the skills necessary to progress to and successfully participate in a programme of higher education. They are targeted at learners who have substantial life experience gained since completing compulsory schooling.

You will study subject areas such as: Textiles, Graphics, 3D Design, Fine Art, Ceramics and Photography.

Entry requirements:

  • GCSE grade C including Mathematics or English/Welsh or Science, as required by the route of progression to University.
  • Attendance at an interview.


This course is delivered as follows:

  • Group work 
  • Classroom based learning 
  • Tutorial support 
  • Educational visits 
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment).


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments 
  • Presentations and demonstrations 
  • Portfolios of work 
  • Performance and observation 
  • There will be at least one time-constrained unseen exercise for every academic subject module. 


You could proceed onto a number of programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, available at Parc Menai, Bangor 
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Art and Design, available at Parc Menai (Bangor)
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Photography available at Rhos-on-Sea.

You could also progress onto an Art-related Higher Education course at another institute or gain employment in the creative sector, such as a Graphic Designer or Illustrator.