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Art and Design A Level at Maricourt Catholic High School

Course description

People who choose an A level in this area do so because they want work that is creative, varied and fun. It is a chance to develop independent and unique practical work. It is deeply personal and designed for students who like a powerful means of expression and direct communication.

Course content

You will learn to handle materials to a high standard, and to think, feel and express yourself. You will develop and refine your visual language by looking at both contemporary and traditional artists.

Entry requirements

Grade ‘B’ GCSE or above or a portfolio of recent work showing your skill. ‘C’ grades will only be considered alongside a strong portfolio of work and teacher recommendation.


AS has one component
The Personal Creative Enquiry consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The Enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work. The learner will be required to select, evaluate and present work for assessment.

A2 has two components
Component 1 – Personal Investigation, 60% of the A level marks

The Personal Investigation consists of two integrated parts:
1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.

2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work Component 2 – externally set Assignment, 40% of the A level marks

The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts:
Part 1: Preparatory study period
Part 2: 15 hour period of sustained focus work

Future opportunities

A career in art can lead to a crucial influence on what we wear, read, sit on, look at and almost everything we buy! Advertising, Animation, Architecture, Illustration, Web Design.

Further information

We have outstanding facilities for A Level with a new studio that enables A Level students to work big, in 3D and take ownership of their own personal ‘studio space’. The facilities are second to none with painting and a ceramic studio which contains a bank of Apple Mac computers that have Photoshop. Students have access to both photocopying and a colour printer. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to see Mrs Mackinnon.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maricourt Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2017

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