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Art & Design: Textile Design AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade. 

Course content

AS

Component 1 Coursework (60%):

Coursework unit comprises of internally set broad project themes that students explore, experiment, develop and refine towards finished outcomes. Preparatory studies are presented in sketchbooks or design sheets.

Component 2 Exam (40%):

The externally set assignment is issued 6-8 weeks in advance of the timed test (practical - 10 hrs) giving time to plan and prepare a visual response to the set theme.

A2

Component 1 Coursework (60%):

Coursework unit comprises of personal project investigation that students explore, experiment, develop and refine towards finished outcomes. Preparatory studies are presented in sketchbooks or design sheets. An extended written assignment where students profile their own work and ideas alongside artists’ and designers’ work is also required.

Component 2 Exam (40%):

The externally set assignment is issued 6-8 weeks in advance of the timed test (practical - 15 hrs) giving time to plan and prepare a visual response to the set theme.

 

How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

  • Personal research, experimentation & development of ideas
  • Coverage of a range of textile techniques
  • Design theory and history
  • Site visits, exhibition, gallery and museum visits

 

Skills you will need:

  • Independent learning and self-organisation
  • Self-motivation & discipline
  • Passion for the art/design scene – visiting galleries/exhibitions etc.
  • Problem solving, reviewing and modifying skills
  • Good observation skills & critical analysis skills
  • Interest in manipulating surfaces, pattern and colour
  • Interest in costume/fashion

Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.

Assessment

AS and A2:

Both courses are taught across 4 assessment objectives (equal in weighting) that measures success against research, development, experimentation & investigation, refinement and making. All units are internally marked and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Students progress to Art Foundation courses or Art & Design degrees in areas such as fashion, fine art textiles, set design & costume, theatre design, interior design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.

       

      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.

       

      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.

       

      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.