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Art AS/A Level at Stoke Newington School

Course description

There are three major elements: Supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. 

Course content

Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from both given and personal starting points. We deliver structured workshops at the start of the course to build skills and confidence in the formal elements of drawing, painting, print making, digital media and sculpture. The strength of our course is linking to professional practice and the wide range of independence and creative skills that students demonstrate. We also expect students to attend exhibitions in their own time and offer the opportunity of a trip to New York during the two year course. 

Entry requirements

C in Art and 4.5 in English. Students will also need to demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to the subject and complete a summer assignment. This is a two year course.


Component 1: Personal investigation – 60% of the total qualification. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s).

Component 2: Externally set assignment - 40% of the total qualification: This represents the culmination of the A level course. This component incorporates two major elements: Preparatory studies and the 15-hour period of sustained focus. The assignment will be externally set and consist of one broad-based theme and suggested starting points, released on 1st February of the second year. Students have from 1st February until the commencement of the final 15-hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies.

The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification.

Future opportunities

The art department has very high expectations and believes that everyone can be an artist and that every student has the potential to produce work of the highest standard. There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most require further study at an art college or university, with most students taking a one year foundation course before applying for degree courses in more specialist areas of art and design. Careers where it is useful to have studied art include advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing, media, conservation, restoration, illustration, web design, sculpture, painting and print making and other professions looking for creative people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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