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Art AS/A2 at The Brakenhale Academy

Course description

The Art & Photography department is strongly committed to creating an interesting, fun but challenging curriculum grounded in art history and with strong links to the wider world. We offer an innovative approach to making work through courses that involve both traditional and experimental exploration of materials and concepts.
Each student is encouraged to for fill their potential building key skills such as creativity, I.T. knowledge, communication, cultural awareness and problem solving; skills useful for a wide range of pathways. It is an excellent option that students enjoy and are challenged by.
What will I study?
The Sixth Form course continues to build on skills and techniques gained at GCSE pushing students to refine their own practice as well as considering context and the wider art community. Students are given much more control over their study and encouraged to pursue their individual strengths and interests.
We aim not only gain success at A level but to create confident independent learners with a passion for art.
How will I be Assessed?
The AS final grade is based on 60% coursework and 40% exam and the course consists of a skills building project, one coursework topic studied in depth and one externally set exam.
The A2 grade is 60% coursework and 40% externally set exam. The A2 course consists of one personal investigation chosen by the students, a written assignment and an external set assignment. Students are challenged to lead their education, learning from each other through group critiques as well as from the teacher. Students are given one to one support in and outside of lesson time.
Students are encouraged to use the department in their free time and trips to galleries in London are used to expand learning and ground the course in the context of the wider art community. Many of our students continue to further education and are supported in developing a portfolio and preparing for interview.
Throughout the course student build a wide range of skills; not only artist skills but also creative thinking, I.T. knowledge, communication, cultural awareness and problem solving; skills useful for a wide range of pathways.
There is often a misconception that “you can’t get a job with art”, this simply isn’t true, and the creative industries are one of the UK’s fastest growing employment sectors, worth £71.4bn a year and make up 5.65% of the workforce.
The flexibility and versatility of studying an arts course means that students have the lion’s share of choices when it comes to which industry they can enter; Arts graduates typically finding work in business, sales, management, media, hospitality and government agencies. In other words, the possibilities are endless and it’s really up to you where you choose to take your studies and apply your skills.


Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brakenhale Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

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