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Art and Design A Level at Newport Girls' High School

Course description

Students who wish to pursue further studies in Art and Design often go on to a foundation course prior to degree courses in a wide range of Art related subjects.  Newport Girls’ High School’s Art department has a particularly good working relationship with Stafford College of Art and Design which has excellent facilities and provides, through the nature of the foundation course, an important step to the next stage of Art education.  Students have applied to a wide range of courses at universities; Edinburgh, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Lancaster in recent years.  It is also possible to apply directly to a degree course and students will be advised appropriately for their needs at the time.

Course content


Year 1:

Skills Based Portfolio – Coursework

Students are required to produce a portfolio of work from given starting points, topics or themes.  There is a strong emphasis on work with the life model as a foundation for other ideas.

The focus is on showing that ideas have been explored, researched, and skills and techniques have been acquired during the course. Students will benefit from learning a variety of new techniques such as SLR photography, printmaking, painting and drawing, sculpture and digital art.

 Coursework project

Students will be given the opportunity to start their major coursework project after Easter which will go towards their overall A Level.

In May students will have a 10 hour (2 days) exam to work on developing their ideas to experience working under controlled conditions, they will be awarded with an internally assessed grade at the end of the first year.

Year 2

Personal Investigation

Students continue to develop their major project (practical piece of visual work) that has a personal significance to them.  This is an opportunity to show what you have learnt to do well.

The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000 – 3000 words.

Controlled Assignment

Students are given an early release question paper on 1st February from which they select one starting point.

They are given 12 - 14 weeks to prepare and plan their ideas.

Students are given 15 hours (3 exam days) exam time to realise their ideas into a final outcome or piece of work.

Entry requirements


While it is an advantage to have studied Art at GCSE level, the A level course requires a questioning mind, and a student who is not afraid to experiment and ‘try things out’.  An enthusiasm for the subject is important as well as an interest in and enjoyment of Art and Design.  The intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers will be developed during the course as well as aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.  Students will be given opportunities to visit galleries to increase their knowledge and first-hand experience of Art from other cultures and societies past and present.  They will be encouraged to visit local galleries collections of Art independently throughout the course.  There may also be a gallery trip abroad during the year which of course is optional but a great opportunity to broaden cultural awareness.

There is an element of work from the life-model during both years and students achieve and benefit greatly from these life studies lessons.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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Key information

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


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    • Transport may be available in conjunction with other providers from Telford, Market Drayton and Wolverhampton.  Public service buses run from Stafford, Telford and Shrewsbury.  A number of local arrangements are also coordinated by parents.  A leaflet detailing bus routes and times is available from the school.