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A Level Art and Design at The Thetford Academy

Course description

GENERAL AIMS: A Level Art and Design provides

students with opportunities to develop personal responses

to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and

cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. This

four-unit specification, two at AS level and two at A2,

requires students to develop their ability to show a

range of skills. These include: independence of mind in

developing their own ideas; an interest and enthusiasm

for art and design; the experience of working with a

range of media, including traditional and new media and

technologies; an awareness of different roles, functions,

audiences and consumers of art and design practice.

There are two externally set exam tasks which account

for 50 per cent of the qualification. The tasks are set by

AQA, marked by the school or college and moderated

by AQA. This course is particularly suitable for students

who wish to study Art and Design or related subjects at a

higher level or who wish to pursue a career in the Arts.


n Two projects at AS Level followed by an

exam project (5 hours + prep work).

n One personal research project at A2 Level

followed by exam project (15 hours + prep).

n Exhibition of work at the end of AS and A2 courses.

NATURE OF STUDY: Drawing, Painting,

Printmaking, Sculpture plus written work.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form Entry

Year 12

A Levels

5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,

with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.

BTEC Level 3

4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.

BTEC Level 2

2 D grades.

Year 13

Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of

Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on

satisfactory performance in the examinations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 July 2014

Key information

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