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A Level Art at Newquay Tretherras School

Course description

Here at Tretherras we offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences for students within Art. We believe it is important to offer a range of processes and techniques for students to explore everything from: Traditional Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography and Digital Art.

Under-pinning our courses and projects is the importance of introducing students to the multitude of influence out there in the world of art today: from historical to contemporary, local to global, the world of art is changing and evolving and we want our Art department and our students’ work to reflect that.

Course content

Year 1 and 2 Topics studied
Year 1- Unit 1 (Coursework)
Teacher led project-Natural forms and the landscapes starting with a residential trip and working with an artist somewhere in Cornwall. In this project you will be taught how to explore a wide range of styles, processes and techniques working both in 2d and 3d.

Personal project- You will have the opportunity to develop your own style of work using your own ideas, subject matter and choice of artist inspiration to produce a personal outcome.

Year 1 -Unit 2 Exam
Students work on an Exam question provided by the exam board. Students have a 3 month exam preparation period followed by a 10 our exam.

Year 2 Unit 3 – Personal Investigation.
This is a self-directed major piece of coursework which gives the students the opportunity to really explore an area within the world of art they are interested in. Includes a 3000 word essay.

Year 2 Unit 4
Students work on an Exam question provided by the exam board. Students have a 3 month exam preparation period followed by a 15 hour exam.

Entry requirements

We expect students to obtain a B grade at GCSE to be able to cope with the course, however students who have gained a strong C will be considered after consultation with their GCSE teacher.

Students from another school need to bring a portfolio of work to show Mr. Strugnell if they have gained a C grade at GCSE.

Students who have not taken GCSE Art will be considered but need to present a portfolio which should include drawing from observation, some photography and work which has been developed in a range of media.


60% Coursework 40% Exam for both AS and A2

Further information

Art students at Tretherras are fortunate to have access to a vast range of facilities. We have 3 large traditional art rooms equipped with every resource under the sun. We have a Professional standard Apple Mac suite and Photography classroom running Adobe Creative Suite 6 software. We are equipped with a professional Photography studio as well as a darkroom for traditional film and wet based Photography. We have a specialist kiln and ceramics room to facilitate the Ceramics element to our curriculum.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newquay Tretherras School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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    • I believe that Newquay Tretherras has a unique family identity, offering something special to its students. Our aim at Post 16 is to continue to provide you with an excellent education, combined with a wide range of opportunities to develop the qualities and personal social skills you need to make a successful transition to the next stage in your lives. We have an extremely positive Sixth Form ethos, and all students enjoy being part of a community in which they come first.

      We are proud of the contribution our Sixth Form makes to the life of NT. Not only do we achieve great results, we aim to make your time in the Sixth Form an enriching, worthwhile experience. Our Tutor team is highly experienced and dedicated: we pride ourselves on the level of care and guidance we offer, and the team will constantly monitor individual progress to ensure that no one falls behind.

      Our key guarantees to you are:

      • High quality academic teaching, with a friendly and adult approach
      • Excellent relationships with staff who know you well
      • Outstanding individual personal support to motivate and inspire you to succeed
      • Involvement in leadership and elite programmes
      • Involvement in our unique “Future Pathways” schemes to ensure successful transfer to the next stage
      • Opportunities to participate in innovative “Internship” programmes
      • Dedicated Sixth Form facilities, including a fully staffed and well equipped private study room
      • Bursaries and financial support for transport for those in need
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