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Art and Design A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

Coursework is taught through a thematic response. This incorporates; drawing from direct observation, recording the development of ideas in both visual and written forms, taking relevant photographs and ultimately producing substantial outcomes. Gallery visits, artist research and analysis are also essential aspects of the course. Technical instruction is given to develop skills and techniques.

The Externally Set Assignment is set by the exam board. Students are given the paper with one set theme at least eight weeks in advance. Students produce a sketchbook of preparatory work which includes; observational studies, their own photographs, art research and experimentation of materials. This preparatory work is taken into the exam for guidance and submitted as part of the examination work.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses.
3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses.
In addition, at least a grade C in GCSE Art.


Work is internally assessed throughout the course using the four Assessment Objectives. Both Coursework and Exam work are marked together at the end of the course when presented in a final exhibition. It is then all moderated by EDEXCEL at the centre. Coursework = 50% Final Examination = 50%

Future opportunities

Career options include: Careers in the Visual Arts, Art History, Curating, Museum and Gallery work, Events Management, Graphic Design, Website Design, Games Design, Animation, Set Design, Architecture, Film and Fashion.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Copleston High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016
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