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Art A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

A Level Art encourages students to look at the world around them and express their view visually.  Through investigation students explore different approaches to artwork, different artist’s views and different media including a heavy reliance on photography to inform their own ideas.  The transferable analytical skills are useful for further education in general, personal development and a future career in the Arts.  Drawing with different media is central to the qualification.  

Course content

Component 1: Personal Investigation.
Students generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes and refine ideas toward producing personal artwork.   Three major elements are included:  Supporting Studies – General investigations in artworks.  Personal Study – Essay based on research and crucial analysis of Art (12% of total qualification).    Practical Work – A body of practical study.  

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment.
Very similar to component one without the personal study.  A theme is set by the examination board for the component and students must respond to it through their artwork.  The component culminates in a 15 hour examination conducted in sittings over a given period of time.  

Entry requirements

At least 5 A* ‐ C GCSE’s including a Grade 4 in English Language & Mathematics and a demonstrable ability in Art.


60% of A level is assessed through coursework with a further 40% through the externally set exam. 

Future opportunities

Progression through the Advanced level will provide suitable bases for further study in related subjects in Higher Education as well as a valuable preparation for careers in any area of Art or creative field.  Previous students have gone onto study and pursue careers, in medicine, architecture, business and the RAF as well as Art specific careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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