Art (Fine Art) A Level at Archway School
Students explore a variety of methods, techniques and processes on a variety of scales as part of a creative journey from starting point to final outcome. Themes are chosen from a list provided for both Unit 1 and 2. Students are required to demonstrate an appreciation of different approaches to recording images and developing ideas, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination.
At A-level, students are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of study than at AS. This could be achieved by greater specialisation in a particular medium or process or extended development of particular themes, ideas, concepts or issues. There is a written element to the portfolio at A-level which encourages an in-depth exploration of a specific theme / artist / technique / movement.
You must have achieved at least a C at GCSE Art to be accepted onto the course. Highly motivated students who have a well- developed independent work ethic are best suited to this course.
Assessment, progress and targets are all discussed and agreed in 1-1 scheduled meetings throughout the year and are recorded in individual progress booklets. Unit 2 papers are provided by the exam board (AQA) and distributed in February.
Portfolio 40% of A-level
Externally set assignment 60% of AS level
Students who choose the 2 year A-level course will all complete unit 1 and unit 2 of the AS course along with AS students. Both units will be marked by the school, but will not be assessed by the exam board. They act as preparation for Unit 1 and 2 in the second year of the course. Assessment, progress and targets are all discussed and agreed in 1-1 scheduled meetings throughout the year and are recorded in individual progress booklets. Unit 2 papers are provided by the exam board (AQA) and distributed in February.
Portfolio 60% of A-level
Externally set assignment 40% of AS level
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available from the Government – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. Further information regarding eligibility and application forms are available from the sixth form.
Art is generally considered a perfect springboard to a wide range of creative courses at Higher Education and creative careers. Students who would like to pursue a creative career – or ensure that this remains an option for life – could choose Art at A level, and then use this to gain acceptance onto a Foundation Course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archway School directly.