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A Level Art at Ousedale School

Course description

Students wishing to study Art to Advanced Level will find a number of changes from their GCSE course. They will be working in a more able and highly motivated group of students. They will have a highly structured start to the course slowly easing off to celebrate individual preferences and personal investigation. Students need enormous creative energy and enthusiasm for the subject as they will find it a demanding and stretching course but also very enjoyable and exciting.

The structure of the course echo’s the structure of GCSE with 18 months to complete the coursework portfolio entitled ‘Personal Investigation’ and approximately six months to complete the externally set assignment. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques including both traditional and more experimental approaches to creating; something that will question their understanding of what drawing is and what it could be.

Students have the opportunity to study different craft areas and record their experimentations and experiences in a sketchbook format. These craft areas are:

  •  Painting and other 2D techniques.
  •  Sculpture including modelling, carving and constructing in a variety of materials.
  •  Printmaking using processes including collagraph, etching and screenprint.
  •  Textiles incorporating printing, dyeing and constructing.

Students use some or all of the above skills to produce a highly personal project and an outcome piece or series. They will work closely with staff to discuss their ideas. They must be able to respond positively to advice and guidance and develop individual learning skills.

Each project within the A Level must be a personal and a coherent in depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to conduct a detailed personal practical investigation. This course has a strong written element.

Course content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level Minimum Grade B in Art and/or English GCSE


i. Developing ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

ii. Experimenting and development. Selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops and thoroughly documenting the “journey”.

iii. Recording in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on their work and progress.

iv. Presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written or other elements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years