Improve your visual expression and your understanding of the creative process while building a portfolio of work for university interviews.
As well as developing your skills in visual recording through practical work including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media, you will also build your critical thinking and research abilities with contextual study of artists and their relationship to the world around them.
Your work will also involve an element of self-reflection, writing annotations to discuss your own work and its relation to briefs and artists studied, helping you to critique your own work and feed this into your future work.
AS Level Art consists of:
- Coursework portfolio: From a range of starting points or topics, you'll produce a variety of work that will improve your technical skills and contextual knowledge, whilst exploring a range of media and approaches.
- Controlled assignment: A five-hour exam based on research made during a three-week preparation period. Both exam piece and research are assessed.
A2 Art comprises a specialist project in which you'll produce a variety of visual responses to a set theme, culminating in two finished pieces of work. The investigation includes a related personal study of 1,000-3,000 words.
The course also consists of a controlled assignment: a 15-hour exam based on research made during a minimum of three weeks' preparation. Both the finished piece and the research are assessed.
There are four assessment objectives that are given weighted application to all parts of the course:
- Visual Recording - objective and imaginative drawing, visual representation of ideas, collection of images and other visual information
- Critical Thinking - verbal and written discussion and analysis of art works in their historical context
- Practical Research - development of ideas, experiments with media and materials, and impovement of formal concept usage, including composition and use of colour
- Personal Development - producing visual and written work which gives a clear, structured response to assigned tasks; you will be expected to explain not just what you have done but why, as well as which artists, designers, and craftspeople have influenced you
At least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and Maths, and Art or Design
AS: 10-hour non-exam assessment
A Level: 15-hour non-exam assessment (40%) and personal investigation (60%)
A Level Art prepares you for degree-level study in art and design, and careers in everything from graphic design, illustration and typography to sculpture, fashion and photography
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED PER WEEK ON THE WORK?
As well as 5 hours per week in class you will need to spend 8 hours a week outside class producing practical work - remember: high quality work takes skill - and skill comes from lots and lots of practice.
To be an effective art student you need to be able to self direct yourself in completing practical work outside of sessions.
6th Form FAQs
DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?
- Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.
HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?
- You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.
I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES
- That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and
that you can change your mind—a lot.
When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.
DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?
- Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.
ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?
- No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.
CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?
- Yes. Visit the Academy of Sport pages for more information.
CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?
- Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.
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