Art and Design

Awarding body for AS/A level:  Edexcel:

Course content and examination requirements:

The GCE in Art and Design is designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Successful students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas.

The new specification starting in 2015 enables the students to choose to take either an AS, as a one year course or an A level over two years with one ESA (Externally Set Assignment) in 2017. Any work submitted for an AS cannot be submitted for the A level, so we are not offering the option to do both.

The AS personal investigation component will contain evidence of students’ visual thinking and conceptual understanding, as well as recording their responses to chosen ideas, but without the written personal study. The A level personal investigation component will include a piece of continuous prose of at least 1000 words but of a suggested 3000 words.

The visual studies will develop over the two years and can be seen as a combination of sketchbooks, worksheets, and an appropriate range of different scale and media working for recording exploratory studies. Supporting studies should contain evidence of the development and refinement of students’ ideas, including reference to the work of others, showing understanding of meanings, contexts and the ability to make skilled judgements, using an appropriate visual/verbal form.

Year 12 - AS

Unit 1 – Coursework – worth 60% of the total AS

It is internally set, internally marked and externally moderated.

In this unit, students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources.  They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.

Unit 2 - Externally Set Assignment10 hours – worth 40% of the total AS

It is externally set by the exam board; it is internally marked and externally moderated. 

Students submit supporting studies and practical outcome in response to the given theme.

This unit represents the culmination of the AS course. The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point. The delivery of this unit gives appropriate guidance during the preparatory period encouraging independence in the development of each student’s ideas, intentions and response.

Year 12-13 – A Level

Unit 1 – Coursework – worth 60% of the total A level

It is internally set, internally marked and externally moderated.

This is similar to the AS unit, except it is developed in more depth and this unit incorporates two linked elements: a) Practical work and b) Personal study.

Unit 2 - Externally Set Assignment – 15 hours – worth 40% of the total AS

This unit is externally set by the exam board; it is internally marked and externally moderated.  The ESA represents the culmination of the Advanced GCE course in Art and Design. The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point. The delivery of this unit gives appropriate guidance during the preparatory period encouraging independence in the development of each student’s ideas, intentions and response.

Entry requirements:

The minimum requirement is Grade A in GCSE Art.

In order to succeed, a student must have a genuine interest in Art, whilst also having the motivation for independent study.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

Art is universally recognised as a valuable and versatile A level by institutions and employers because of the transferable skills it develops. It is valuable for the development of the skill of independent thought, organization and creativity. Traditionally, it can be combined with many other subjects, especially the Humanities and English Literature. Many students continue their studies at Art College, initially following a one year Foundation course at an Art College in their locality before embarking on a course in their chosen specialism at University.

Teaching staff / further information:

Ms M Hayward-Smith

Mrs M Maunder