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ART - Fine Art - AS/A Level (OCR) at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

Portfolio Preparation -Students are required to work on key themes and starting points, exploring, researching and developing skills and techniques.

Fine Art areas of study include: painting, drawing, printing, collage, photography, sculpture, mixed media and digital imaging.

The current project is Forgotten Spaces and allows students to develop their own personal response to the theme.

This work will be continued for the Personal Investigation element of the A Level course.

Entry requirements

Pathway 1: 4 A levels

•        5 A* to C Grades in GCSEs, including Maths and English, and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Assessment

The A2 course has one componet:

Component 01:

Externally Set Task - The early release paper will be issued on 1 January and will provide students with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. Students should plan and prepare a response based on one of these options. They then have a 10 hour period to produce a final piece. The Externally set task is marked out of 80 marks; it is a non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) and is worth 100% of total AS level.

The A Level course has two components:

Component one:

Personal Investigation - One major project which has two elements: a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to an agreed starting point and a related written response of a minimum of 1000 words. The Personal Invesitgation will build on the portfolio preparation from the AS course. Students should provide evidence of all the assessment objectives through the careful selection and presentation of their work. The practical portfolio should be viewed as a whole. The Personal Investigation is non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated); it is marked up to 120 marks and is worth 60% of the A Level

Component 02:

Externally Set Task - The early release paper will be issued on 1 February and will provide students with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. Students should plan and prepare a response based on one of these options. They then have a 15 hour period to produce a final piece. The Externally set task is marked out of 80 marks; it is a non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) and is worth 40% of total A level.

Future opportunities

Where could this lead?

Many of our students gain places at Colleges of Art and Universities enabling them to further develop their studies, ultimately to follow rewarding careers in the field of Art and Design.

Typically students undertake a year’s Foundation Course at Gloucester College or Stroud College then proceed to one of more than 100 different Art and Design courses throughout the country.

Others move directly to vocational courses or into employment. This year some of the students went directly onto degree level courses which is an indication of the quality of the course we provide.

Further information

Will it suit me?

Churchdown has a fantastic reputation for art courses and the facilities are excellent including a purpose built gallery.

There are lots of opportunities to work with artists and art professionals. 

The exam results have been consistently high with regular exhibitions and workshops in the Curve Gallery.

The course is structured to ensure you make the best use of your time, the school’s facilities, and gallery visits and staff expertise.

The Art and Design department staff try to make the whole experience rich, varied and enjoyable and progress is closely monitored at all times. Trips to museums, galleries and studios are organised, in particular to The Black Country Museum and to Bristol city centre.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: H201/H601

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