Key Stage 5

What you will study:

A Level Art and Design has been designed to refine the art skills learnt at GCSE. The course allows students to experiment with a range of media but focuses on the concepts and ideas behind the units. Students are encouraged to analyse, think deeper and explore art and design from their own viewpoints. The work of artists and designers will inform the units of work. Gallery visits are essential on an A Level course.

AS Art – Year 12 A2 Art – Year 13
  • Unit 1: Developing a portfolio of work (60% of the overall A Level marks). This is an investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme set by your teacher.
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of the overall A Level marks). The exam board will provide you with a paper with several questions. You select a question and have a specified time to produce a selection of work that will result in a final piece. This is just another investigation where your initial starting point is provided by the exam board. You have 10 hrs to create a piece of artwork.
  • Unit 3: Personal Investigation (60% of the overall A Level marks). This is an investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choice. It includes a 1000 word written journal.
  • Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment (40% of the overall A Level marks). The exam board will provide you with a paper with several questions. You select a question and have a specified time to produce a selection of work that will result in a final piece. This is just another investigation where your initial starting point is provided by the exam board. You have 15 hrs to create a final piece.

Key Stage 5 Assessment

AS and A2 courses are graded A*- E against AQA assessment criteria.

Key Stage 5 Entry Requirements

Students should gain a C grade or above in GCSE art and design or a pass at BTEC art and design. A Level. Students will need to pass the AS course to continue on to A Level.

What it Prepares you for

With a good A Level in art you can go on to university to study a wide range of courses such as Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design and Illustration, History of Art and Fine Art. You may also want to consider enrolling on an art foundation, which covers a wide range of media and prepares you for an Arts based degree.

Students who study art can go on to work in careers such as:

  • Animation
  • Architect
  • Art teacher
  • Artist
  • Branding and logos for corporate identity
  • Ceramicist
  • Director of films and documentaries
  • Engineer (ergonomics)
  • Furniture, fashion, toy, jewellery, web and video game designers
  • Gallery and museum curator
  • Hair and beauty
  • Illustrators, children's books, cartoonists
  • Interior designer
  • Photographer
  • Textile design

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