Art & Design (A Level) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form
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.
The course is 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.
A thirst for experiencing and engaging with the Arts is vital if students are to develop their skills and understand.
The AS 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.
A 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 AS 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.
Year 12 – AS Level Unit 1 Object and environment/Figure and identity Self-directed Unit (including Personal Study) Internally assessed Unit 2 Examination Internally marked Externally moderated
Year 13 – A Level Unit 1 Object and Environment/Figure and Identity Self-directed Unit (including Personal Study) Internally assessed Unit 4 Examination Internally assessed Externally moderated
Grade B in GCSE Art
The AS course consists of one coursework unit and an externally set exam unit.
The A level course consists of one coursework unit and an externally set exam unit.
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.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.