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Art and Design A Level AQA at Carre's Grammar School

Course description

At A Level, candidates are initially required to develop
their knowledge, skills and understanding through
exploration of materials, different techniques and
processes and through the understanding of the work
of other artists. Towards the end of the first year this
foundation stage will be followed by the first of two key
The Personal Investigation
This is the coursework element of the A Level course and
includes both an extended essay of 1000 to 3000 words
and a practical project. You are expected to develop
work in response to an Artist, Art movement, idea, issue,
concept or theme of your choice, your work must include
written material of a critical analytical nature and must
link to your practical project. Your teachers will give you
guidance on how to approach this aspect of the course
but if possible you should have reasonable access to
original work both in galleries and museums.
Externall y Set Assignment
In early February of the second year of study you will
receive an exam paper set by AQA with eight possible
starting points from which you will be expected to select
one. A number of artists, designers and craftspeople are
mentioned as a catalyst for your research. You should
also extend your study by looking at other individuals
that you find relevant to your chosen starting point.
After a period of study and research you will have fifteen
hours of supervised time where you will be expected
to complete your assignment which must demonstrate
your ability to research, develop ideas and make links
with contextual work. You must bring together all these
elements to a successful conclusion.


Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. In addition, B or above at GCSE Art. A grade C may be considered with the support of your teachers Students achieving a Merit or above in level 2 BTEC will also be considered.

Future opportunities

The A Level Art and Design (Fine Art) course is suitable for anyone interested in pursuing an Art Foundation or Design Course which can then lead to any number of Art and Design based degree courses. This qualification is useful should you wish to enter a career in a professional art arena. Possible career choices could include art therapist, fine artist, textile designer, architect, interior designer, print or fashion designer, art conservator, product designer, visual merchandiser, film director; theatre set designer, sign maker and animator to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carre's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September