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Art A Level at Torquay Boys Grammar School

Course description

The course is designed to provide a bridge between the general and more structural nature of art at GCSE and the development of personally orientated, guided independent study, where students will be encouraged to develop a richer and deeper knowledge, understanding and competence as they progress towards Advanced Level status.

Course content

At A Level there are 2 components:
Personal Investigation and 60%
Personal Study
Externally set task (15 hours) 40%

The lower sixth year is aimed at achieving breadth, extending skills, knowledge and understanding. The upper sixth year is intended to allow for work in ‘greater depth’.

A wide variety of artistic experience is on offer in Year 12 including painting, drawing, ICT, print making and three dimensional studies. This is marked, displayed and moderated. Most work completed is linked with the study of artists, designers and architects.

This is a single unit or combination of units put together to form a single submission. Students are encouraged to work alongside staff to design an indepth project that will form the basis of their A-Level presentation. This combined with a personal study will represent 60% of the Marks.

This component normally takes the form of a written and illustrated presentation, the subject of which is chosen by the student in an area of particular interest to him or her. An ‘integrated’ area of study is required, giving students a very wide range of individual choice. First hand experience of the artists/designers work is recommended.


Assessment will be measured by the students’ competence in four key areas: Developing, Experimenting, Recording and Presenting. All work is internally marked and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Art provides a pathway to a very wide range of occupations and careers. Students have gone on to successfully study Fine art; Painting; Sculpture; Architecture; Graphic Design; Interior Design, Furniture Design; Contemporary Crafts; Fashion; Film-making; Animation and Art History as well as Art/Technology and Art/Media courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Torquay Boys Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2017

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