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Art and Design AS/A-Level at Rickmansworth School

Course description

The department will offer an A Level Art & Design course where it is likely that students will be entered for the AS exam in Year 12 followed by the A Level exam in Year 13.

The primary aim of the course is to enhance students’ skills and thereby enable them to develop more independent ways of working. As a means of support, students are provided with clear structure and time lines but creativity and ownership of ideas is encouraged. The course explores a wide variety of media with a focus on drawing and painting and the use of photography. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their work in other areas which may include printmaking, textiles, illustration, sculpture or ceramics. The size of A Level groups ranges between 10-16 students. All groups are taught by the Subject Leader plus one other member of staff.


Course content

The course is structured around themed projects with emphasis on research into resource material, analysing their own and others’ work, observational drawing, experiments with media and developing technical skills. All projects include integral historical, critical and contextual studies. All students will have the opportunity to visit museums and galleries.

Entry requirements

B Grade in Fine Art or B Grade in Art & Design.


AS Level

COMPONENT 1 Art & Design Portfolio 60% of AS Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Art & Design 40% of AS Level mark Externally Set Assignment Includes 10 hours of supervised time

A2 Level

COMPONENT 1 Art & Design Personal Investigation 60% of A Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Art & Design 40% of A Level mark Externally Set Assignment Includes 15 hours of supervised time

Future opportunities

Careers guidance is considered to be an integral part of the department’s work. The vast majority of students progress to Art Foundation Courses and then onto higher education in a wide variety of fields including Fine Art, Fashion, Illustration, Graphic and Textile Design, Television and Theatre Design, Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design, as well as Art Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

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