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Art AS and A Level at Newman Catholic School

Course description

The course specification encourages candidates to develop:

A: Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;

B: Investigate, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgment.

C: An understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate.

D: Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.

The AS and A2 level courses encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Art and Design and to appreciate the contribution to society that this vibrant subject makes. The breadth of the syllabus is such that it provides a sound foundation for subsequent higher level of study in a range of Art and Design related subjects.

Course content

There are two units in Year 12 which comprise the AS award.

Unit 1 is portfolio based and should include:

A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates breadth and depth.
At least one extended collection of work, or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue which demonstrates the candidate’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realization.
Critical/ contextual work which could include written materials such as journals, reviews, reflections and annotations.
Sketchbooks, workbooks and journals

Unit 2 is an externally set assignment:

The emphasis of this unit will be the development of ideas.
The questions set will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Candidates are required to select one.
Sketchbooks and /or all preparatory work must be included to be marked.
There will be a five hour period of supervised time following a time of preparatory work
All work submitted for this unit will be marked as a whole.

In Year13 the A2 award continues the approach taken at AS. There are a further two units.

Unit 3 covers Personal Investigation:

This is a practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal Investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces
The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople


Unit 4 is an externally set assignment:

The questions set will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Candidates are required to select one.
Preparatory work should be submitted in any appropriate form with sources identified and acknowledged.
There will be a 15 hour supervised period in which candidates must complete, unaided, their response to their chosen examination question

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Art and Design plus two other GCSE passes at grade C or above. A genuine interest in the subject is essential!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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