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Art and Design AQA A level at Alder Grange Community and Technology School

Course description

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of two dimensional and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. They should be made aware of both traditional and new media.

Areas of study

Within each component, students must demonstrate evidence that they have explored critical and contextual work through a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional processes and media.

Component 1: must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the endorsed titles listed below.

Component 2: must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the endorsed titles listed below.

The area(s) of study selected for Component 1 can be the same as, or different to, those selected for Component 2.


Course content

Skills and techniques

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills in their chosen areas of study.

Fine art: for example drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.

Graphic communication: for example interactive media (including web, app and game design), advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television.

Textile design: for example fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles.

Three-dimensional design: for example ceramics, sculpture, exhibition design, design for theatre, television and film, interior design, product design, environmental design, architectural design, jewellery/body ornament and 3D digital design.

Photography: for example, portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation).

Entry requirements

  • C or 5 in similar GCSE or portfolio evidence.


Consists of 2 components:

Component 1: Personal investigation

  • This is a practical investigation supported by written material.
  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of A-level
  • Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in June.


Component 2: Response to an externally set assignment

  • Preparatory period from 1 February + 15 hours supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A-level
  • Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by
  • AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in June

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alder Grange Community and Technology School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2016
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    • Alder Grange Sixth Form (ag6) opened as a new Sixth Form in 2010. Since then we have recruited students from across Rossendale and beyond on to a range of both A Level and BTEC level 3 courses. We have been delighted that our results have improved year on year and that Alder Grangers have successfully moved on from Sixth Form to University or the world of work in areas ranging from Music Production and Zoology to Teaching and Engineering. We have developed a strong sense of community and a warm, caring and supportive ethos.