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Art & Design AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School

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You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of media, processes and techniques. You will learn to demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions by practical and critical activities. During the two years you will be exploring new ideas both in lessons and by use of your own sketchbooks etc. You will be taught for six lessons a week but will be expected to utilise some of your study time by working independently on your own projects in the Sixth Form Art area. During the course you will be taught a variety of skills but will also be expected to experiment and work in an independent manner, which will require a degree of self discipline!

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have achieved at least a C grade in your Art G.C.S.E. However, an enthusiasm and talent for the subject can get you a place on the course if you have not had the chance to take G.C.S.E. Without the normal entry requirements you will be expected to put together a portfolio of your own art work over the summer holidays and bring it to the first lesson. This is to show that you have the interest and commitment to further your studies.


To get a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary (AS), you will need to have studied and been assessed on 3 AS units.
To get a certificate for Advanced GCE , you will need to have studied and been assessed on the 3 AS units, plus 3 further units, known as A2 units , making a total of 6 units.
The AS units of work you will study are as follows:
Module One : Coursework
You will submit your final piece(s) accompanied by your supporting studies that will show clear evidence of the working processes involved.
30% (15% of A2)
Module Two : Coursework
The same as Module One.
Module Three : Controlled Test
A five hour examination - set by the Examination Board. It consists of a range of questions as starting points from which you select one. You have four weeks to prepare your work, followed by the final examination.
40% (20% of A2)
The A2 units of work you will study are as follows:
Module Four : Coursework
The same as Module One
Module Five : Personal Study.
You will produce an illustrated written study of an aspect of critical and historical studies of your choice.
Module Six : Controlled Test
The same as Unit 3 but for a duration of 15 hours.

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to University College Northampton to take their highly acclaimed Art Foundation Course which then enables them to continue their studies in Art at university. Other people go on to study fashion, architecture, media design etc. Apart from those who wish to continue with their Art to a degree level, an Art A level is well regarded by other areas of study and jobs. It shows you to be a person who is not afraid to express yourself and someone who has wider interests in life. Many of our Art students have gone on to study Law, Medicine, Physics etc!

Further information

You should enjoy expressing yourself in a variety of media. You should have an interest in art theory and history. You should be prepared to have an open mind and to be experimental in your work. Most of all you must be able to work independently and use your time constructively.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Becket Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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