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Art A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

Year 12

Candidates are required to produce a portfolio of work by responding to a project title and develop skills and artworks with a variety of media and techniques. Projects are encouraged to be personal in order to maximise success and independence with progression and students are required to work in sketchbooks, but also tackle more ambitious approaches to art using a wide variety of processes. The Year 12 portfolio and external assignment will be internally assessed in Year 12 but not submitted for external moderation until Year 13.

Year 13 course

Students and required to undertake a personal study which involves an extended investigation into a topic or theme of their choice developing skills in chosen media and techniques to develop into skilled and ambitious final outcomes.

The externally set task is set by the exam board and again, students are required to respond to a given theme or title in order to develop ideas, skills and processes through to a final resolution and outcome which will be completed in 15 hours under supervised examination conditions.

Students must demonstrate knowledge, analysis and influence from the work of other Artists. This in an integral part of the course and will require research, understanding and analytical skills. In addition, for the personal investigation, students are required to complete 1000-3000 word essay investigating a theme or question which closely compliments and shapes their practical project. This is an essential aspect of the course.

Students will also be expected to attend after school sessions and visit galleries and exhibitions in their own time.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 


In both Year 12 and Year 13 portfolio and examination projects are assessed according to the four assessment criteria covering research, exploration, recording and development.

The portfolio contributes 60% towards the final grade. The externally set task contributes 40%.

Future opportunities

Many students who take the A-Level Art course proceed onto Foundation Courses at Warwickshire College and other institutions around the country. Increasingly, students are applying directly to degree level courses in the visual and creative arts, using their portfolio for submission by interview. Grades in Art can, of course, be used in any points tariff for entry onto other degree courses. Employment prospects are good, with new media such as web-design and digital television providing opportunities for career paths not available previously.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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