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Art - A Level at Stoke Damerel Community College

Course description

A Level Art involves developing your own skills and studying the work of other artists. It is mostly practical, although you will undertake your own personal research. Our aim is to provide students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.

Course content

The course comprises of an induction unit where students explore the skills required to complete the course. This is followed by two units, a coursework unit and an externally set task. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of Art, Craft and Design.

Entry requirements

For this pathway you will need to achieve Grades 5-9 in English and Mathematics with three other subjects at Grades A*-C. You will need to achieve at least a Grade B/6 in the subjects that you wish to study.


A Level Assessment Units Component 1: Personal Investigation

60% of the total A Level marks

96 marks

Personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme.

Practical unit with written material of a critical, analytical nature of no fewer than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words.

Supporting written work needs to be linked to the practical work and support the chosen focus for study.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

15 hours of supervised time

40% of total A Level marks

96 marks

Separate question papers will be set for each A2 endorsement, with a choice of eight inspiring starting points.

Assesses students’ ability to work independently in response to a chosen starting point. 

Students produce a clearly defined selection of work, which will lead to a finished piece or pieces.

Future opportunities

You can use A Level Art for a range of degree courses and there are a wide variety of careers which use Art. These include being an artist, teaching, design, computer design, media, creative industries and fashion. Once you have completed a general introductory course in Art and Design, the field is open to move onto a Higher National Diploma or degree level study.

Degree courses tend to combine practical work with a greater proportion of theoretical study than their HND equivalents. They are more vocational by definition and sometimes more closely structured to the needs of industry and commerce. In practice the course aims vary from institution to institution and each institution’s prospectus will give you the best idea of what is in store. Students from Stoke Damerel Community College have gone on to study fashion promotion, illustration, computer game design, fine art, interior design, fashion design and footwear design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Damerel Community College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September