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Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Explore art and design skills and techniques, develop your own creativity and research the work of artists past and present.

In A Level Art and Design you will work to given themes in set projects, you develop your skills in observational and experimental tasks in drawing, painting and making creative artwork in two and three dimensions.

What I'll learn

We follow the Edexcel A Level Art and Design specification.

Year 1:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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

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.

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. Work is then internally assessed by subject tutors and sampled for moderation by the EdExcel external examiner.


Entry Requirements

Six GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or above in academic subjects including English and maths.

A GCSE in Art and/or Design Technology (Graphics, Product Design or Textiles) at grade 5 (C) or above is desirable but not essential.

You will be required to attend an offer evening and should be able to show examples of some previous art and design work to demonstrate your interest and potential. 

You will be given a summer project designed to be used at the start of the academic programme.

Tutors will advise that you will require a range of basic art equipment and materials. Further advice about equipment and materials will be provided during the course.


How to Apply

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Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

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