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Art, Craft & Design AQA at Bradfield School

Course description

Art & Design

Have you ever wondered why so many creative people are successful in many different walks of life?  Creativity isn't only about pursuing artistic interests, it can also open the door to exciting career opportunities.  Our Art and Design courses are flexible and stimulate creativity, offering a high degree of choice and a range of different media, processes and techniques. All our courses give students the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work.

Course content


Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of 2-D and 3-D media, techniques and processes.  They will be expected to produce practical and critical/contextual work associated with two or more of the following art endorsements; Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textiles, 3-D Design or Photography.

Y12 Content

  • Gallery visits (local and further afield)
  • Workshops with practising artists
  • Extending existing knowledge, skills and techniques
  • Interpreting and fulfilling art briefs
  • Critical analysis of past and contemporary art practices
  • Working with new media – eg. oil paint, digital
  • Understanding different styles, genres and traditions in Art, Craft and Design
  • Trips to develop inspiration
  • Mini projects based on past papers to prepare for Components 1 & 2

There are no external assessments at the end of Y12.

Y13 Content

Component 1 – Students are expected to develop a personal investigation based on a theme/idea leading to finished piece/pieces.  The work completed in this unit must be linked with a contemporary or past practice of an artist, designer or craftsperson.  There is a written element (extended essay) that must be no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words.

Component 2 – The exam board offer eight examination questions and candidates must select one starting point (examination questions are given out after 1st February).  Towards the end of the examination period candidates will complete a 15hr unaided, supervised exam. Candidates will be assessed on their ability to work independently within time constraints, developing a personal response and meeting all four assessment objectives.

Assessment (Y13)

Component 1: Personal Investigation (worth 60% of the full A level)
Component 2: Externally Assessed Assignment (worth 40% of the full A level)

Mrs S Drabble

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Art & Design or evidence of artistic ability (if GCSE Art & Design not taken)

Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities.

Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects. We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential. We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Patrick Beaumont
Head of Sixth Form
0114 2865002

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: 17 November 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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