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Art AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

This is a valuable opportunity for any students wishing to develop their GCSE skills in Art and Design further and who are interested in a career in Art or Design

Course content

AS: Unit 1 - Coursework Portfolio A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study. At least one extended collection of work, or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue which demonstrates the student's ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation in a final body of work and includes evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to related critical/contextual materials. Critical/contextual work which could include written materials, such as journals, reviews, reflections and evaluations, annotations and historical background material. Examples of video, film, photographs, CD Roms and Powerpoint presentations may also be submitted. Evidence may also be included from the Internet, from books and journals, as well as studies made during a residency, site or gallery/museum visit. When appropriate sources should be identified and acknowledged. The portfolio may, when appropriate to students' chosen area of study, include examples of three-dimensional work, such as models, maquettes, sculptures and ceramic objects.

Entry requirements

None although students that have achieved lower than a C at GCSE will find the course very challenging.


AS Unit 1 - Coursework Portfolio 50% of AS, 25% of A-level No time limit 80 marks Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA Unit 2 - AS Externally Set Assignment 50% of AS, 25% of A-level Supervised time 5 hours 80 marks Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA A2 Unit 3 - A2 Personal Investigation 25% of A-level No time limit 80 marks Personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA Unit 4 - A2 Externally Set Assignment 25% of A-level Supervised time 15 hours 80 marks Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

• Visits to Coventry University and other local HE centres to view Foundation and Degree Show work. • Portfolio preparation advice from staff and visiting artists, designers. • For FE/HE courses in related Creative Industry based subjects and specialist areas available at University and/or training advice available please see Mrs Hunt, Subject Leader in the Art Department.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years