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A Level Art at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

Art, Craft and Design – through a broad based course of study, developed through a range of 2D, 3D and time-based processes and media, drawn from disciplines. Students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual studies. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes. 

Course content

The AS course is broken in to two components:

Component 1 (50%) – Personal Investigation – students complete supporting studies and personal outcomes based on a range of given starting points.

Component 2 (50%) – Externally Set Assignment – students work on a broad based theme given by the exam board. Students submit preparatory studies and practical outcomes; they then have a sustained focus period of 10 hours in which students create final responses to the given theme. Represents the culmination of the AS Level course. Total marks available: 72.

The A2 course is broken in to two components:

Component 1 (60%) – Personal Investigation - set by the students themselves based on a broad starting point. The investigation and development for both the practical work and personal study will be shown through supporting studies. Part 1 is practical work that is worth 72 marks and part 2 is the personal study - a piece of written continuous prose (minimum 1000 words). This is worth 18 marks and is assessed separately. Total marks available: 90.

Component 2 (40%) – Externally Set Assignment – students work on a broad based theme given by the exam board. Student’s independence is encouraged in the development of ideas, intentions and responses. They create preparatory studies and personal outcomes; they then have a sustained focus period of 15 hours in which students create final responses to the given theme. Represents the culmination of the A Level course. Total marks available: 72.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art at grade B preferable. Other ‘creative’ GCSE subjects at grade B are accepted. A portfolio with evidence of artwork may be required.

Future opportunities

Art promotes a range of skills such as: problem solving, critical thinking, complex analysis, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, observation, imagination and creativity. The huge range of disciplines within Art include: Fine Art, Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, 3D design, Set Design and many, many more! At The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, the Art department strives to offer students a wide experience within their Arts education.

A Level Art is an excellent course for entry into higher education, specialist colleges or employment.  The courses show that you can be creative, inspiring, practical and innovative. In recent years, students from The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls have gone onto study a wide range of courses. Recent leavers have gone on to do Art Foundation courses at Kensington and Chelsea College, Kingston University and the London College of Communication. We have also had students go straight to university degree courses such as Animation at Westminster, Illustration at Derby and Architecture at Cambridge.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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