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Art A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description

AS

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio

  • Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. They will be made aware of both traditional and new media.
  • Students should complete a selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of study. Students are required to work in one or more area(s) – they may explore overlapping areas and combination of areas:
  1. Drawing and painting
  2. Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  3. Sculpture
  4. Ceramics
  5. Installation
  6. Printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)
  7. Moving image and photography
  • Students are required to complete at least one extended collection of work based on an idea, concept, theme or issue which demonstrates an ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. 
  • Students will be required to complete 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, books and journals, as well as studies made during a residency or gallery/ museum visits. When appropriate sources should be identified and acknowledged.
  • Students can work in sketchbooks, workbooks and journals. Alternatively work can be submitted on a series of mounted sheets

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment

  • The questions will be set and these will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as a starting point. Candidates are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes
  • Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time. In the 10 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

A2

Unit 3: Personal Investigation

  • This is a practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces.
  • The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople.
  • Students are required to complete an essay exploring their findings.

Unit 4: A2 Externally Set Assignment

  • Students will be set question papers that will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. They are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.
  •  Preparatory work needs to be submitted in any appropriate form, such as mounted sheets, study sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes. When appropriate sources should be identified and acknowledged.
  • Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. Students will be assessed on their ability to work independently, working within the specified time constraints, and developing a personal and meaningful response

Entry requirements

5 A*‐C at GCSE including English and Maths. It is also recommended to have a minimum grade C in an Art, Craft and Design subject at GCSE.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bicester School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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