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A level Art and Design at Boston Spa School

Course description

The main purpose of any course in art, craft and design is to develop the ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and perhaps even contribute for the benefit of everyone. In this course students will develop the skills to interpret and convey their ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. You will develop theirimaginative and creative powers and experimental, analytical and documenting skills. A specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society are acquired throughout the course.

Course content

This course is modular and designed to develop the necessary skills and understanding in:


  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Three Dimensional Studies
  • Art History
  • Theory

These skills will be developed over the course through: open-ended experimentation based around themes, structured academic studies, compositional work, residential visits and observational work where students will be encouraged to work live from a model. They will experiment with a wide range of materials and ideas and improve the quality of their work.This will be supported through regular individual and group discussion sessions.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements: GCSE Art and Design Grade 5/6




Students are assessed through your coursework portfolio combined with externally set controlled assignments.



In February of year 12 there will be an internal trial exam; this trial exam will coach students through the exam process in preparation for the final year 13 A level exam. The final exam constitutes 40% of the final mark at A Level and will take 15 hours to complete. Students will spend six intensive weeks preparing for the trial and final exam.


Financial information

Equipment required / Approx Cost:

A3 Sketchbook, drawing equipment, a canvas, paints and brushes approx £60

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

Art lays the foundation for a wide range of careers and higher education courses just a few of which are listed here: Fine Art, Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Graphics, Illustration, Fashion, Textiles, Industrial Design, Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Theatre Design, Photography, Teaching.

At present most students wishing to take art, craft or design further, will go on to do a one year Foundation course at an art college or college of further education before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of art and design.

Further information

Other Subject Choices:

Art links well with a wide range of A level subjects most popularly: Photography, Media Studies, English, Geography, Languages, History, Design Technology, Business Studies, and Information and Communication Technology.


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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018
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