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Pre-Degree

At Plymouth College of Art we believe in high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice, as the creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation. We place the aspirations and support needs of every student at the very heart of our creative enterprise.

Our pre-degree campuses at Palace Court and Palace Studios are home to five hundred 16-19-year-old students studying the Level 2 Diploma, Extended Diploma, Foundation Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)* in arts, performing arts, crafts, design and media, and it is here that we provide a safe and creative environment, where your child/young person can grow, learn new skills, and become more independent.

Click here to browse our range of Pre-Degree courses.

We are committed to supporting your child/young person on every step of their creative journey. Below you will find information about our Parents' & Guardians' Evenings, our Code of Conduct and Attendance, Safeguarding and Key Dates for your diary.

*Please note, IBCP is only open to applications from ages 16 - 18

Get the information you need to help your child make the right choices at 14, 16 and 18 through the Careerpilot website - aimed at young people, and the Parent Zone – aimed at parents and carers.

Careerpilot is a free website helping 11—19 year olds in the South of England plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents.

The Careerpilot Parent Zonecan help you as a parent/carer get answers to the career questions you want to ask, about:

  • Choices at 14, 16 and 18;
  • Further Education College;
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships;
  • Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges);
  • Job sectors and growth;
  • How to fund study and further support for you.
It has been so good to watch as our son has begun to flourish not only academically and creatively but also as a person. He is beginning to discover who he truly is and how to use the assets he has to the full advantage.
Lynn, parent of second year student
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Fashion & Textiles

Following a short Ofsted inspection on 23 and 24 May 2017, Plymouth College of Art's dedicated pre-degree campus was judged to be “good,” maintaining the outcome of the college’s previous inspection in May 2013.

In the face of developments in the structure and location of FE teaching at the college itself, and the changing educational and political landscape in the UK, this result is a significant recognition of the college’s ongoing commitment to pre-degree education as part of a continuum of creative learning and practice in the region.

Parent & Guardian Sign Up Form