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Art & Design at John O'Gaunt School

Course description

What does the AS specifications consist of and how is it assessed?AS LevelUnit 1: Coursework Portfolio (50% AS/25% of A Level)In this portfolio, students will submit a selection of work in a range of media, techniques and styles that demonstrate a bread of depth and study. There is a requirement of critical/contextual work that reflects the students’ knowledge and understanding of Art and Design.Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (50% AS/25% A Level)Candidates receive an exam question paper in February. They carry out research, develop ideas and record their own observations in a variety of ways. Students sit a developmental exam for a five hour period which can take on a variety of forms, such as drawings, photographs, models or design sheets. What does the A2 specification consist of and how is it assessed?A2 LevelUnit 3: A Personal Investigation (25% of A Level)This is a practical unit with written elements in which students develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme linked to past or contemporary practice of artists, craftspeople and designers. This closer theme should lead to finished, resolved piece/pieces. The quality of written work is an important aspect in this unit and should be no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words, with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment (25% of A Level)Students select one starting point from a choice of eight. The work will consist of recording, development of ideas, references to appropriate artists and experiments in a range of media. This will lead to a supervised time of fifteen hours in which a resolved piece(s) will be completed.

Entry requirements

A* to C GCSE in Art

Future opportunities

What might I use this qualification for?• It is a suitable qualification for students applying for Foundation Art and other Art and Design qualifications.• To assist in helping take up a career for which an Art and Design background is relevant.• To use as a formal qualification for entrance to university (non-art related)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John O'Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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