What I'll learn
We follow the Edexcel A-level Art and Design specification. You may choose to study for one year to AS-level (50% of the full A-level) or for two years to A2-level (100% of the full A-level).
Year 1 (AS-level):
- Unit 1: Coursework (60% of AS-level; 30% of full A-level). Skills building in experimental approaches to drawing, painting and mixed media tasks, followed by an internally-set art project.
- Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40% of AS-level; 20% of full A-level). Externally-set project with theme provided by Edexcel. Timed final outcome under exam conditions.
Second year (A2):
- Unit 3: Coursework – Personal study (60% of AS-level; 30% of full A-Level). You select a topic/ theme to investigate. Extensive research, together with a written essay of between 1,000 and 3,000 words, is required, plus a significant body of practical artwork as a creative response to the theme.
- Unit 4: Externally set assignment (40% of AS level; 20% of full A-Level). Externally-set project with theme provided by Edexcel. Timed final outcome under exam conditions.
How I'll learn
In timetabled sessions, activities include practical work, research, presentations and critiques. Work may be undertaken independently and in small groups. Homework is usually set once a week, and may include research and preparation for classes, as well as starting and continuing practical work.
We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of your individual subject. There are many enrichment opportunities, which will enable you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.
How I'll be assessed
Coursework units are assessed internally by subject tutors, and sampled for moderation by Edexcel. Projects and assignments for coursework are set by subject tutors. Externally set assignments are overseen by Edexcel and students are required to produce their finished work within a specified time limit. The work is then internally assessed by subject tutors and sampled for moderation by the Edexcel external examiner.
You will produce a significant body of work that reflects your individual creativity, skills, interests and approach. If you wish to pursue further study in art and design, you will be given support while you compile a personal portfolio of creative artwork that may be taken to interview for an art foundation diploma course, or for direct entry to higher education.