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Art A level at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

All A ‘Level students studying Art and Design follow the OCR Specification. Over the weekly timetable, pupils have six fifty minute lesson and class sets are mixed at this level. The Coursework completed by each pupil accounts for 60% of the final mark, and the external exam takes place in May at the end of year, which is also worth 40%.

Facilities in the department are good and a range of activities including drawing, painting.

All students are taught as a group but undertake individual projects within that group which reflect their strengths and interests in this highly creative subject.


Each student is assessed on an individual basis and is offered guidance and support with their class work and homework requirements.


Staff in the department runs extra curricular activity on a regular basis to which all students are welcome.

Course content

This course allows students a sound grounding in a number of areas whilst still exploring the subject in depth. Students will gain a broad knowledge of materials and media through: 

Acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge and language to create, develop and present high quality personal work.

Understand Art design, methods and principles.

Explore working methods using primary and secondary sources independently.

Candidates are required to choose an area of study or areas of study such as Landscape, Still Life, Experimental Imagery, Narrative and working in a genre


Entry requirements

GCSE Art grade C or better is normally essential but we will look at individual cases. An enjoyment of Art and an ability to draw are important. You'll also need 5 A* to C grades at GSCE or equivalent preferably including English and Math's.


Internally assessed units take the form of work designed to enable the candidate to demonstrate understanding of the content of the unit. The internal assessment is set by the centre to OCR guidelines, is internally marked and externally moderated by OCR. AS GCE candidates take one unit of external assessment.

Future opportunities

You would do A2 Art in the second year to gain a full GCE. Students who achieve these qualifications can enter a variety of foundation or degree level courses in subjects related to Art and Design. It also prepares candidates for further study or training in preparation for employment.

Further information

You could take this course with other A Level courses. This A Level prepares you for higher education in areas of Art and Design, Photography, Architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Art and Design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

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: 15 November 2015
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