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Art and Design (A Level) at Somervale School

Course description

The AS course consists of one coursework unit and an externally set exam unit. The coursework unit is designed to build on skills and knowledge gained at GCSE level, and to extend these into new areas and to a higher standard.

The A level course consists of one coursework unit and an externally set exam unit. The coursework unit is designed to build on skills and knowledge gained at GCSE level, and to extend these into new areas and to a higher standard. This unit contains a larger written element. For the externally set exam unit students select one question and develop a practical creative response, which is self-directed.

Both courses are teacher-directed initially, but as the course develops students take on increased responsibility for the direction and progress of their work.

The department organises a series of visits to galleries and aims to introduce students to ways of working outside the classroom environment. Every year there is a gallery trip to either Paris, Barcelona or London which students are expected to take part in, leading to enhanced skills and contextual understanding.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Art.

Future opportunities

A-Level Art is acceptable as an A-Level for most university courses. Many students go on to study some aspect of Art and Design at foundation level, before progressing to a degree in areas such as: Architecture, Fashion, Television, Film, Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Theatre Design, Art History, Museum work, Illustration and Advertising etc.

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Who Might the Course Suit?

Students who have gained at least grade B at GCSE Art, who are well-motivated and capable of independent thought. It is beneficial, though not essential, for students to be studying other visual, creative and expressive subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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