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Fine Art A level at Chancellor's School

Course description

The Art department aims to contribute to the full development of students’ intelligence through Art and Design Art plays an important part in our creative and mental development, both in creating attractive images as well as making sense of the world around us. We continue to have emotions, ideas and experiences throughout life, and we all need the opportunity to translate these into visual forms. Art education is not just about learning technical skills and producing a few highly skilled practitioners – everyone benefits from having a degree of visual literacy. We can all use the skills of perception, judgement and imagination that art education encourages. The process of researching and developing a theme requires an independence of thought and maturity of approach found in few other areas of the curriculum.

Art offers great opportunities to explore different cultures and links with other areas of the curriculum. We aim to promote an awareness of historical and cultural influences within art and a broad knowledge of how art has developed through various historical periods, as well as to develop an understanding of cultural diversity within a multicultural society. 

Course content

The AQA Advanced GCE inArt and Design comprises 4 units of work over the two years. Each unit is weighted towards an A level award and each is externally moderated at the end of each year. The AS course consists of 2 units:

Unit 1 – Coursework portfolio
A selection of thoughtfully presented work demonstrating breadth and depth of study. Students sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation including evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way related to critical/contextual materials.

Unit 2 – Externally set assignment
Students select one of 5 starting points set by AQA in February. The emphasis of this unit is development of ideas. Students undertake 5 hours of supervised time. The work produced during the 5 hours should be devoted to the preparatory work leading to a final piece or pieces.

The A2 course consists of 2 units:

Unit 3 – Personal investigation
Students develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue or concept supported by 1000–3000 words. This will include written and practical elements.

Unit 4 – Externally set assignment 25% of total A level grade. Students undertake 15 hours of unaided/supervised time. Selecting a starting point from 8 set by AQA, work will take place between February and May.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have at least a grade B at GCSE in Art and Design in order to join the A level course.


Unit 1 (Coursework) – 50% of AS, 25% of A2
Unit 2 (AS Externally Set Assignment) – 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Unit 3 (Personal Investigation) – 25% of A Level
Unit 4 (A2 Externally Set Assignment) – 25% of A Level

The course requires students to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths and sustaining their own lines of enquiry. Students are expected to complete independent research, recording, experimenting, evaluating and modifying, ideas to extend thinking and inform their artwork. All work presented for assessment must show coverage of each of the 4 Assessment Objectives. 

Future opportunities

Once you have built up a good portfolio of work you will be ready to develop your art studies further. Many students go on to do a one year foundation course at art college. Students then make a selection as to which degree course (BA) they would like to follow. After a degree course you can take up jobs in a wide range of areas, from architecture to furniture design and from jewellery design to photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chancellor's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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  • Start date: Next September


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    • FROM THE NORTH - Take the A1(M) to Hatfield. Exit at Junction 3 and take A1001 signposted Welham Green, then join the A1000 to Potters Bar. After 2 miles at Brookmans Park (transmitting station on left) turn right into George's Wood Road (almost opposite B158, Kentish Lane). After 100 yards turn right into Pine Grove, then after 600 yards left (Signposted) to Chancellor's School.

      FROM M25/SOUTH - From the M25 exit at Junction 24 to Potters Bar. Take the A1000 signposted Hatfield. After about 2.5 miles take a left turn into George's Wood Road (just before B158, Kentish Lane). After 100 yards turn right into Pine Grove, then after 600 yards left (Signposted) to Chancellor's School.