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Fine Art and Graphic Art AS and A Level at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith

Course description

Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, installation, printmaking, film, animation, video, photography, lens-based and/or light-based media. Graphic art students will follow the same course but will produce their development and final pieces using the computer program photoshop. Their outcomes will be of
a graphic nature such as stamp presentation packs, posters or calendars.

Course content

Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and recent times, including European and non-European countries. This will be integral to the investigating and making processes. Their responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the students’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Entry requirements

Pupils wishing to enter the course will need to have achieved grade A at GCSE.


Year 12
Unit 1 Coursework Portfolio - 60% -96 marks
Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
Unit 2 AS Externally Set Assignment  40% Supervised time 10 hours

Year 13
Unit 3
Personal Investigation 60%
Personal investigation supported by the written element of 1000-3000 words

Unit 4
A2 Externally Set Assignment -40% Supervised time 15 hours

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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    • The school was founded by Royal Charter in 1564. It was formerly situated in the centre of Penrith near St. Andrew's Church, but moved to the new buildings on its present site in 1915. The main school was extended in 1937 and 1958. The Donald Fay Memorial Building consisting of four Technology rooms and two Information Technology rooms was completed by September 1995 and a new building providing six Science laboratories, four Mathematics rooms and another Technology room was opened in July 1998. In November 2001, the Peter Kremer Sports Hall and four English rooms were completed. Further building work in 2004, 2009 and 2014 has provided additional office space and four classrooms. The extensive playing fields are adjacent to the school.