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Art & Design AS & A Level at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

The emphasis of the course is on developing your own ideas and creativity with constant reference to contemporary art practice. It is a mainly practical course where you can choose to broaden skills in painting, sculpture, and/or textiles. The atmosphere in the art studios is alive with a diversity of ideas and methods of work. Many students gravitate towards the art studios in their own time to continue their work in a supportive, highly creative and very happy environment.

Course content

There are two units in AS – 1 coursework module and 1 exam module.

Unit 1: Intended to introduce you to a range of different art processes and materials as well as giving you knowledge and skills that will allow you to develop your own individual creative working practices. Working from a given theme you will develop your recording and research skills whilst being introduced to a wide range of historical and contemporary artists. Media experimentation across a range of specialist areas will allow you to identify and evaluate strengths in your own practical work. Towards the end of this first unit you will be given the opportunity to generate and develop your own ideas in response to the work of others and your understanding of the theme, before working towards a well considered final piece or pieces.

Unit 2: The theme for the second unit is set by the exam board and takes the form of a given word and set of starting-points. You will be given the exam paper at the beginning of February and with your teacher’s support identify your own personal intentions in response to your interpretation of the theme. The exam will be taken at the end of the AS course over a period of 8 hours and should represent the culmination of your work so far.

A2 Year

The emphasis of the A2 year is on independent study to enrich your own personal work, integrating contextual studies with your personal practice. This can take many forms and is usually a very visual study including some larger pieces of work if it is appropriate. Students are also encouraged to look at the work of the previous A2 students and apply the same rigorous process of analysis as they would to a professional artist’s work. Again, question papers will arrive in February for you to use as starting points for the end of year examination.

Entry requirements

In addition to the A level entry requirements you will need a minimum of GCSE grade C in Art or or a related subject. Offers may be based on a portfolio submission.


All AS and A2 units are marked separately to give you an ‘overall’ grade. Work journals are marked alongside practical work regularly throughout the year. You will receive an Art and Design: Fine Art qualification upon successful completion of this course

Future opportunities

Most students who wish to study an Art and Design related degree complete the post 18 Foundation Diploma at Scarborough Sixth Form College, this enables students to create the strongest portfolio possible to take to interview.

Previously, our students have gone on to a hugely varied number of degree courses such as medicine, architecture, engineering and criminology. The academic and transferable skills that are gained on our courses enable students to excel and bring another dimension to their studies that both universities and employers appreciate.

Many of our students also go on to Art based subjects in a variety of areas such as Film, Animation, Graphics, Industrial Design, Fashion and Textiles as well as Photography and Fine Art.

Previously our students have gone on to a range of Universities such as UCL, Cambridge University, Manchester University, Leeds University, Oxford University, Liverpool University, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh School of Art, Central St. Martins, Newcastle University, Bristol University, Durham University and London College of Fashion.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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