NCFE Applied Generals (interim-reformed)

Qualification codes
500/8551/7 (NCFE Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Art and Design)
500/8123/8 (NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Interactive Media)

The Department for Education (DfE) describe Applied General qualifications as follows:

Applied General qualifications are rigorous, advanced (Level 3) qualifications that allow 16 to 19 year old students to develop transferable knowledge and skills. They are for students who want to continue their education through applied learning. Applied General qualifications allow entry to a range of higher education courses, either by meeting the entry requirements in their own right or being accepted alongside and adding value to other qualifications at Level 3 such as A levels. Higher education institutions, such as universities, have pledged support for all approved applied general qualifications listed.


NCFE Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Art and Design (500/8551/7)

The NCFE Certificate in Art and Design qualification is designed to develop transferable knowledge, skills and understanding through applied learning in art and design. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding across a range of art and design practices, aims to extend students' art and design skills and use of techniques to an advanced level, and enables them to use materials and techniques fluently, competently and safely.

Students develop generic, transferable skills valued by employers, such as effective teamwork, planning and health and safety principles, as well as extending their creative and intellectual abilities, e.g. communication, innovation and critical evaluation. 

For those who wish to study at a higher level, the qualification enables them to develop higher level learning skills such as independent working, research, self-reflection and collaborative learning.


NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Interactive Media (QCF) (500/8123/8)

This qualification is designed for students who have a genuine interest in interactive media and wish to extend their existing knowledge and skills with a view to accessing further or higher education in an interactive media related field.

The primary purpose of the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Interactive Media is to enable students to extend their skills in using interactive media processes to an advanced level. The secondary purpose is to provide a basis for progression to further study.

The objectives of the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Interactive Media are to:

  • enable students to use equipment and software competently and safely
  • understand how to use interactive media to meet the needs of a design brief
  • investigate different forms of interactive technology
  • plan and produce an interactive media product

These qualifications are graded Pass or Not Yet Achieved.


These qualifications are internally assessed through a portfolio of evidence which is externally quality assured.

Further information

The Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Art and Design had an operational end date of 31st August 2017. 

The Level 3 Certificate in Interactive Media had an operational end date of 31st December 2018. 

Therefore, the specifications are no longer available and we are no longer accepting learner registrations.