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A2 Art and Design: Art,Craft and Design - Applied Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Applied Pathway Subject - Art, Craft and Design A Level is a subject for students with a natural creative flair. You will learn traditional drawing; this will be an integral part of the course for the new specification alongside painting skills as well as new media techniques and theoretical terms. You will be encouraged to look at a broad range of artists and to review your own work in relation to the artists you have studied. There is an important written component to the coursework which necessitates analysing your own work as a way of improving and developing it.

Course content


Component 1: Coursework, Personal exploratory work

Students will create a personal project. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Pupils will be required to produce a 1000 word (minimum) personal study linked to an artist(s) they are researching in their personal project. This will lead to practical outcomes and a final piece.

Component 2: Externally set task

The externally set paper will be given out in February. Students will have 8-10 weeks to produce supporting studies and practical outcomes. A timed 15 hour exam is carried out in the Art department under controlled conditions.

Entry requirements

An average of 4- "Attainment 8" score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 3s and grade 4s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths.

At least a grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design or equivalent

Along with the necessary work ethic and commitment and Students will be expected to have a tool kit with basic art media, details for this will be provided on induction day



60% Coursework  – Unit 3

40% Externally set task – Unit 4

A timed 15 hour exam is carried out in the Art department under controlled conditions.

All work is assessed using four objectives:

AO1: Exploring, developing ideas, using media; sustaining, interpreting, reviewing.

AO2: Experimenting, selecting, sources, potential, methods, review, refine

AO3: Record ideas, observations, insights, ongoing review

AO4: Producing, presenting personal, informed, meaningful responses

Future opportunities

Art, Craft and Design develops pupils skills in creativity and enables students to become independent learners. It is an essential requirement for creative courses at art colleges and universities. There are many opportunities in our design-conscious world for careers using the skills you will develop. These professions can include: Graphic design, product design, architecture, fashion, fine artist, curator, computer games designer, marketing just to name a few.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Furze Platt Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: APART18
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