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Art - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Art - Linear A Level Course


Course content

Students will study two units over the two year course. For each unit, students are required to develop a body of work through researching and recording artefacts and ideas based on a given theme. Idea development for each unit should show experimentation with media from at least two of the discipline areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and should show the development and refinement of key skills within these areas. Each project should culminate in a personal, informed and meaningful final piece. Component 1 also requires students to submit a 1000-3000 word essay that links to their practical work. Component 2 culminates in a 15 hour examination during which students create their final piece.

Entry requirements

High grade C grade or above in GCSE art if studied previously. C grade or above in English. 


Each of the four units are equally weighted and are marked under four assessment objective headings. 

• AO1 Developing ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. 

• AO2 Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops. 

• AO3 Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on their work and progress 

• AO4 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements. 

Future opportunities

Progression Routes Students with an A level in art have progressed to degree programmes in areas such as fashion, architecture, photography, and fine art. The analytical, communication, and research students develop would be useful for courses like history, RE or English literature or could be used to teach or help people through courses such art therapy. 

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

Students must be creative, highly motivated, open minded and have a genuine passion for art. There is a large amount of freedom of choice in A Level art, but students have to be well focused and be able to manage their time effectively to complete the necessary volume of work to the high standard we require. The most successful outcomes are produced by students who undertake independent research and choose their own artists and themes to respond to.

What other subjects compliment A Level Art?

Art A Level could be taken as part of a creative selection alongside media, photography, film studies, drama, or music or could be used as a subject to explore themes that would be studied in subjects such as history, psychology, English literature and RE.

How will I be taught?

Students are taught by specialist teachers who have a wealth of artistic skills and art historical knowledge. They ensure that students are provided with enough inspiration and information to begin their creative process but also enough freedom to explore artists, ideas, and materials in which students are interested. The first term’s lessons are skill specific, teacher led sessions, during which students learn various methods of recording observations and presenting ideas in different media. Students also learn how art historical research and imagery can be analysed in written and visual terms. After this, students are required to work independently with teacher support via one to one tutorials each week in lessons. The art department staff are extremely accommodating and encourage students to work in the rooms during study periods, lunchtimes and after school. The department encourages students to take advantage of extra-curricular opportunities by entering competitions, attending workshops, and visiting exhibitions.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

This subject opens many doors for students studying art and creates many opportunities for them to visit various different artistic environments such as galleries in London, Birmingham, and Manchester. It also allows students to visit universities to gain further knowledge of the subject and experience art in a further education setting.

Student Testimonial, why study A Level Art?

Art is one of the only subjects in which you are given the freedom to express yourself through different mediums and techniques. Not only does this subject enhance your creative thinking and organisational skills but it also allows you to work both independently and collaboratively with your peers alongside the staff in the Art Department to strive to improve your artistic ability, This subject helps you to become more aware of the different meanings associated with art itself and allows you to discover new forms of expression beyond a simple pen and paper. In the first year you sit through a variety of workshops that enable you to develop new skills, such as painting, mark making, monoprinting, and drawing, which then sets the foundations for you to succeed when it comes to you completing a final piece. Art is also not just about creating a pretty picture, but about how you perceive different pieces of artwork from other artists. Research aids your studies and improves your aptitude to find a deeper meaning in the creative process and the world around you. Art requires dedication, perseverance and effective time management to help you reach your full academic potential. Priya Malhi and Flora Maycock

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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