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Art at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The study of Art will enable students to develop:

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers.
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, technical, expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and creative judgement.
  • Independence of mind to develop their own ideas.
  • The experience of working with a broad range of media.
  • An understanding of the interrelationship between art, craft and the design processes and an awareness of thecontexts in which they operate.
  • An awareness of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practices.

Course content

Students will study two units in Year 12 to achieve AS level and two further units in Year 13 to complete A2.

Individual skills, techniques and knowledge are gained through lectures, discussion, practical work, videos, gallery visits, seminars, books and contact with local art colleges.

Visits to London galleries are organised in preparation for personal studies.

Entry requirements

  • 5 A*-C at GCSE including Maths and English.
  • Including a GSCE in Art, Textiles or Design Technology.
  • Any student wishing to study Art or Photography without a GCSE in Art, must submit a portfolio of their private work before acceptance on to the course.


Component 1 - Portfolio
The contents of the portfolio will be determined by the nature of the course of study. The emphasis will be on the development of understanding and skills using an  appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques.

(30% of AS)

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment
Students will produce a project in response to a question selected from an externally set paper. This will allow students to develop ideas independently in a sustained and
focussed way. A minimum of three weeks preparation and planning will be followed by a 15 hour controlled test.

(20% of A Level)

Component 1 - Personal Investigation
This is a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by between 1000-3000 word written material. The focus must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related outcomes. This must show the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.

(30% of A Level)

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment
Students will select one question from an externally set paper and produce preparatory work over a number of weeks from which they will complete a 15 hour finished outcome.

Preparatory work and 15 hours of supervised time will be assessed together as a whole, against all four assessment objectives.

(20% of A Level)

Future opportunities

Art and Design is an exciting and stimulating subject. It is a recognised Advanced level subject for entry to University Degree Courses and also pre-Degree Foundation

Art and Design is especially relevant for those wishing to pursue a wide range of careers including, fashion, industrial design, interior design, graphic design, textiles, printmaking, theatre, film, media, T.V., photography, hairdressing, jewellery making, animation, art therapy, art education, museum curator, art conservation, product design, illustration and architecture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

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