BTEC HND Ceramics at Morley College London - UCAS

Morley College London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

BTEC HND Ceramics

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Course summary

On our HND Ceramics course at Morley College Waterloo we understand that effective design development must be underpinned by solid practical skills and technical knowledge. For example, in the first year (L4) you will be taught clay construction, wheel-throwing, plaster mould-making and glaze-mixing alongside digital design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and AutoCAD for surface design and 3D printing. You will be educated and supported by enthusiastic expert specialists in small class sizes and they will teach you how to interpret and respond to stimulating design scenarios. As professional ceramicists you will need excellent presentation skills in order to promote your ceramic products or gain employment, which is why we embed them seamlessly into our program. We also engage with visiting Ceramic artists and designers to provide context and inspiration for your future career development. Successful completion of the HNC year will prepare you to progress on to our second (L5) year. The second year of our HND Ceramics course will give you the tools to become innovative and skilled ceramic designers and practitioners. You will continue to build and extend ceramic design and technical skills and deepen individual conceptual practice. Our professional and highly specialist tutors are there to teach advanced skills in clay construction and mould-making and guide you to develop your own innovative ceramic materials and glazes to enhance design. By the end of the course you will design, make, glaze and launch your own collection of ceramic artefacts/products. You will also be able to present your ceramic design collections professionally, and with confidence. Before your launch, at New Designers, and your end of year exhibition in the brand new Morley Gallery you will have increased experience of planning promotion and publicity and approaching sponsorship to make the most of available opportunities for your future career.


Units are subject to change but would typically be:

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project (Pearson-Set)
  • Techniques and Processes
  • 3D Practices
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Art/Craft Production
  • Surface Design
  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project
  • Advanced Product Design
  • Conceptual Practice
  • Material Selection & Specification
- Ceramic Design

Assessment method

Each Unit has learning outcomes, these are structured within an Assignment Brief, which has a real-life design scenario. Tasks within the assignment are matched to learning outcomes and assessment criteria for transparency and to help you achieve your best. For each unit students will receive group and individual tutorials and critiques. Each assignment will have formal formative and summative assessment dates outlined clearly. The formative assessment, with written feedback will provide advice and guidance to ensure you achieve your best at summative assessment. Summative assessment is held at the end of each unit, the process is both fair and transparent. At this stage you will receive your grade for each unit within two weeks (pass, merit or distinction) with written feedback which outlines our assessment decisions and gives individual advice for future development.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Direct entry into Year 2 (external applicants): We are happy to consider applications for direct entry onto the second year of study from those who have already completed and been certificated on the associated HNC at level 4. Applicants will be asked to supply their Pearson ID number available on their certificate or transcript.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature students: if you do not meet the entry requirements as outlined above, we may still consider your application based on previous employment or previous study. We appreciate that mature students may have extensive relevant experience gained through paid or unpaid work, or through other types of professional training or sector-related opportunities and this experience may be used to support an application.

Additional entry requirements


Admission is based on a portfolio of work which should include one, or all, of the following: ceramics, drawings, designs and any other relevant creative media.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Students and prospective students require a minimum level of 5.5 IELTS (or equivalent) with no score lower than a 5 in listening and speaking and no score lower than a 5.5 in reading and writing.
PTE Academic42Pearson Test of English Academic

Students undertaking higher level education need to have a commensurate level of understanding of the English language so as to be able to achieve their qualification. In the case of applicants for whom English is a second language, the interviewer and Central Admissions Team must assure themselves of the applicant’s ability to function at IELTS English Level 5.5 (or equivalent). This is in line with the requirements of the awarding and validating bodies. Where applicants do not hold an IELTS qualification at 5.5 or equivalent, the Central Admissions will ask the applicant to sit an online test (BKSB) to check the suitability of the applicant’s English level prior to interview. Photographic identification will be required. Applicants who have recently completed (i.e. in the last 2 years) a formal programme of study in English at an appropriate level (such as a level 3 BTEC or ‘A’ level) prior to starting their Higher National are considered to be at a suitable level of English without requiring additional evidence..

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

We charge for clay, plaster and printing materials, by weight/quantity. An educated estimate is £50 paid in advance per term (depending on individual consumption, costs may be less or more). We provide a basic tool pack for HNC students, from there students are expected to build their own tool collection (depending on areas of interest) We do have communal specialist tools for lathe turning, glazing etc. PPE. Students are expected to have their own apron/overall(s), to be washed at the end of each teaching session. Students will also need a full dust-respirator for glazing and plaster work; students can source their own or buy at cost from the department (currently £25). Students can sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a discounted price of £16.24 by using their Morley email address. We do have some bursary funding, which is allocated fairly, by application and means testing. We pride ourselves that no student should be at a disadvantage due to low income, every effort is made to maintain this.
BTEC HND Ceramics at Morley College London - UCAS