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Art & Design AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Fine Art
Candidates should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, film, animation, television, video and photography: lens-based and/or light-based media.

To view the Art A Level page on the school website.

Course content

This course is fine art based and includes observational study, the opportunity to explore a range of media, photography and computer imaging. It is carefully structured and students will learn how to use appropriate techniques and approaches to explore their own ideas.

Students will have 5 periods a week in the studio to work under guidance on their own ideas. There will be trips and residencies to help expand their ideas. This course develops on from the GCSE Art course encouraging more independent exploration.

Candidates choose one of the endorsements for study throughout AS.  The contents of the Portfolio will be determined by the nature of the course of study.
Candidates should produce a collection of materials which exemplifies work carried out during the AS course.

Candidates may submit in their portfolio:

•  A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth  of the course of study.

•  At least one extended collection of work, or project, based on an idea, concept, theme  or issue which demonstrates the candidate’s ability to sustain  work from an initial starting point to a realisation and includes evidence  of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to related critical/contextual materials.

•  Critical/contextual work which could include written materials, such  as journals, reviews, reflections and evaluations,  annotations and historical background material.  Examples of video, film, photographs, CD Roms and Powerpoint  presentations may also be submitted.
Evidence may also be included from the Internet,from books  and journals, as well as studies  made during a residency,  site or gallery/museum visit. When appropriate sources should be identified and acknowledged.

•  Sketchbooks, workbooks and journals. Alternatively, candidates may wish to present a series of related images  on mounted sheets.

•  The portfolio may, when appropriate to candidates’ chosen area of study, include examples of three-dimensional work, such  as models,  maquettes, sculptures and ceramic objects.
There is no restriction in the scale of work produced but candidates should carefully select, organise  and present work to ensure  that they provide evidence  of meeting all four assessment objectives.
All work should be completed and marked  to ensure that centre  mark forms arrive at AQA and with moderators by the given deadline
All the work produced for this unit will be marked  as a whole.  This unit  is set and marked  by the centre  and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre.   Visits will normally take place in June to a student prepared exhibition.

Entry requirements

Students must have taken Art GCSE and have achieved a grade C.


Assessment is by coursework and an externally set assignment.

AS level Candidates take Units 1 and 2

A2 level Candidates take Units 3 and 4

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio 25%

Unit 2: Externally set assignment 25%

Unit 3: Personal Investigation 25%

Unit 4: Externally set assignment 25%

Financial information

There are costs for materials and personal equipmentfor this course. List can include the following: paints of choice, brushes, sketch books and carry folders, a selection of drawing pencils and possibly canvasses when used.

Future opportunities

Art students can go on to a foundation course and then a degree course or straight into an Art degree course. A variety of courses are offered such as Fine Art, Textile Design, Furniture Design, Landscape Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Architecture and Film. Fashion and car design, television and film, stage design, exhibition work, graphic designers, illustrators for books, newspapers and magazines, teaching, advertising, photography and fine art, to name but a few.

Further information

AS Examinations

Coursework Portfolio
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
No time limit
80 marks
Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
Available in June only

AS Externally Set Assignment
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Supervised time 5 hours
80 marks
Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
Available in June only

A2 Examinations

Personal Investigation
25% of A Level
No time limit
80 marks
Personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and
marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
Available in June only
A2 Externally Set Assignment
25% of A Level
Supervised time 15 hours
80 marks
Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
Available in June only

AS + A2 = A Level
A Level Award 2201A-2206F

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS and 1 year A2
  • Course code: AS 1201A-1206F, A2 2201A-2206F