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A Level Art, Craft and Design at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Students will study for an Un-Endorsed GCE in Art and Design. Within this general course they will cover aspects of Fine Art including; sculpture, drawing and painting and print-making, 3D design, Textiles, Photography and Graphic Design. They can choose to specialise in one particular discipline or alternatively, to work across a range of disciplines or materials.

The full A level consists of 4 units of work:

AS - Unit 1 This is a negotiated portfolio of work that demonstrates the ability to research, develop, analyse and effectively conclude pieces of work in one or more of the above options. (60% of the AS and 30% of the A2)

AS - Unit 2 From a choice of themes that are set by the examination board and in negotiation with the teacher, students will undergo approximately 8-10 weeks of preliminary studies. This will then culminate in an 8 hour controlled period where students produce an unaided piece of work. (40% of the AS and 20% of the A2)

A2 - Unit 3 The production of a more advanced portfolio of work that demonstrates the ability to research, develop, analyse and effectively conclude pieces of work in one or more of the above options. It will also contain a 1000 to 3000 word related study. (30% of the full A Level)

A2 - Unit 4 Similar to Unit 2, the examination board will set a choice of themes and, in negotiation with the teacher, students will undergo approximately 8 weeks of preliminary studies. This will then conclude in a more substantial 12 hour controlled period where students produce an unaided significant piece of work. (20% of the full A Level)

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. In addition, students must achieve GCSE grade B in Art, Craft, Design and/or Technology. Students without any previous qualifications may also be considered and should apply directly to the Head of Department with a substantial portfolio of work that clearly demonstrates ability in their chosen option.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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