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Art and Design A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

Both AS and A Level courses extend skills, knowledge and application developed on the preceding GCSE Art based courses.  The emphasis of all course components will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students are expected to take increased ownership of their work as the course develops.

Students will be expected to provide basic artists’ equipment (A1 folder, artists’ colours, sketching pencils, sketchbooks and pritt stick).  More specialised art materials and media will be provided by the art department. However, students may wish to purchase these materials for use when studying at home. Access to a camera is also an essential element of the course for use both inside and outside the classroom.

Course content

AS Level

Component 1 – Portfolio (September – January)
At AS level students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of two-dimensional media, processes and techniques. Students will explore the use of drawing and painting for different purposes, exploring mark-making techniques. A variety of materials, media and scales will be employed using sketchbooks/workbooks/boards to underpin their work. Work will be of an experimental nature, investigating and exploring the characteristics and qualities of media.

Students will be assessed internally at mid-term (October) and via a final assessment of the coursework Portfolio (January).

Students will also engage in one to one tutorial discussions regarding their work and progress throughout the Portfolio Unit.  The completed Portfolio is moderated internally and externally by AQA.

It is expected that students undertake at least 3.5 hours of study each week that is in addition to lesson time.

Component 2– Externally set Task (Supervised Time – 10 hours)
Students will have approximately 9 weeks of preparation time to address all of the assessment objectives. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time. In the 10 hours students must produce a finished outcome or series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. . At the end of the 10 hours of supervised time all work submitted for this component must be collected in and kept securely in school until it is moderated by AQA.

Work is moderated by AQA, normally in June.

Entry requirements

Essential to have at least ‘C’ grade in Art at GCSE, and a B grade is recommended.

Further information

Art and Design A level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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