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Art & Design AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

Students are prepared for the WJEC AS course and the WJEC A Level course and examination. A stimulating working environment is created to encourage students to develop their own original ideas and build their strengths.  

Course content

The aim is to improve their visual perception and general level of awareness. Research, investigation and experimentation are all vital components of the course. Students will explore 2D and 3D practical processes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and a variety of new media.    Students are given in‐depth tuition on practices and techniques.  

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   

Students should possess a high level of personal commitment and are expected to undertake assignments in their own time which complement and run parallel to classwork. They are also expected to attend Life Drawing classes which are held after school hours. There will also be further workshops organised for AS/A Level students.


Examining Body:  WJEC

AS Level

  • One unit of coursework (100% of the marks) is delivered.   There is no examination for AS Art and Design.
  • The personal enquiry consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner.  The duration of this course will be determined by the centre.  This will however take into account a deadline of the end of May for submission of internal marks to the exam board.

A Level

There are 2 components for the A Level course.

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%).
This consists of two integrated constituent parts:

  1. A major in‐depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
  2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts using appropriate specialist vocabulary and which must clearly relate to your practical and theoretical work.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%).
This externally set assignment will be released to learners on 1st February (in the second year of the course) and will consist of a series of visual and written stimuli which will be presented to the learner on this date for them to start their preparatory work leading up to a 15 hour examination which will all be completed for the end of May deadline.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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