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Art and Design A Level at Parkside School

Course description

A2 level art is a fantastic opportunity for you to fully explore your creativity, expressing feelings and opinions through a wide range of two and three dimensional media, processes and techniques.

Course content

You will research and analyse art, craft and design from a range of times and cultures, which will form an integral part of practical work and also be evidenced through written pieces. You will use a sketchbook to demonstrate the development of your ideas, experiments with processes and a growing understanding of art history. A2 art allows you to explore a breadth of ideas and aims to develop these with more depth and independence. 

Entry requirements

Completion of AS Art & Design


Personal investigation - coursework supported by a 1000 to 3000 word essay, from September until the end of January.

Externally set assignment - starting point from AQA, given out at the start of February, unit to be completed by May and include a 15 hour supervised exam towards the end.

Future opportunities

The course provides an excellent foundation for further study of Art & Design and we have a 100% success rate with entry onto Foundation courses. Some students also choose to move straight onto degree study if they are clear about which area they want to work in. Students moving onto study in other areas feel analytical and problem-solving skills learned are valuable and transferable.

Further information

You will receive comprehensive support and encouragement and access to opportunities including gallery trips, residential visits, working with professional artists and much, much more. We regularly exhibit work at Future House leading to sales of pieces, commissions and winning great prizes in competitions. Student work is currently featuring on syllabus covers and promotional material for the authority.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year