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Art and Design: Art,Craft and Design A Level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

Whether you study the AS only, or AS and A2 courses, the approach to the courses are very similar. The A2 goes deeper and naturally the standards are more challenging. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two and three-dimensional media, processes and techniques.

They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This will be integral to the investigating and making process. Their responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities, which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Underpinning their work should be the use of sketchbooks/workbooks/journals.

Students are required to work in at least two of the following areas of art, craft and design. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:
- Fine Art
- Graphic Design
- Textiles
- Three-Dimensional Design
- Photography

Entry requirements

You will need a GCSE (B or A Grade) in Art and Design. You should have an aptitude for the subject, demonstrating creative skills and an aptitude to draw. You should have an understanding of the basic elements of art – colour, tone, form and so on, and also some understanding of the place of art, craft and design in the world – its history and its purpose. AS/A-Level Art is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities and devoting a substantial amount of time to the subject. External students will be required to submit a portfolio of work at or before their consultation.


Advanced Subsidiary (AS)
Component 1 Coursework No time limit 60% of total AS marks

The coursework is centre-assessed and moderated by AQA. Candidates are required to submit a portfolio of coursework in Art and Design made up of a number of outcomes, which must be accompanied by preliminary/supporting studies. This course is very broad based and the outcomes can take any appropriate art form. This component should be a clearly defined selection of coursework that demonstrates evidence of the working processes involved, addressing all four assessment objectives, development of ideas, experimentation and selection, recording skills leading to the outcomes. Analysis of art and artists will be an integral part of the portfolio.
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment 10 hours 40% of the total AS marks
This unit is set by AQA, centre-assessed and moderated by AQA. The Externally Set Assignment offers a choice of topics that have been created by AQA. Students choose one. The assignment is in two parts: a preparatory period where candidates carry out their initial research and investigations and identify artists, designers and craftspeople whose work they wish to make connections with; and a timed 10-hour unaided test where candidates are required to respond to their initial investigations and plan further developments and make design outcomes. Once students start the 10-hour period they will not be allowed to work on the preparatory work
Advanced Level (A2)

The full A-Level qualification is made up of the two units studied at Advanced level. The approach to the work builds upon the structure and approach of the AS course but is totally separate from it.

Component 1 Coursework 60% of the total A-Level marks
The coursework is centre-assessed and moderated by AQA. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The written element must be between 1000 and 3000 words and link to the practical work made in the investigation. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment 15 hrs 40% of the total A-Level marks
A range of questions is set by AQA, centre-assessed and moderated by AQA. Following receipt of the AQA paper students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.
Candidates have a 15-hour Controlled Test. Once students start the 15-hour period they will not be allowed to work on the preparatory work

Future opportunities

There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university. 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. Many may go directly into work in such fields as advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing and the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years