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Art and Design A level at The Dukeries Academy

Course description

During the course you will learn a wide range of techniques such as 3D techniques to work with specialists. Both AS/A level have 4 assessments objectives which one area you are expected to cover as part of the project. They are artist’s research and analysis observation and drawing developing ideas and a final piece.

In art A level you will do a coursework project followed by an exam unit starting in February. There is a theme or focus to the course project and as a student you will be expected to produce drawing research, artists research development and a final piece on the final project theme.

You will be expected to work with increasing independence as the course progresses as well as completing set tasks. You will follow the same board structure for exam (known as the externally set task unit) as for the course work project

Entry requirements

GCSE Art Grade B plus 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. Anyone without this qualification who has an interest in pursuing this course needs to talk to a member of the Art Department and would be expected to show evidence of artistic achievement through personal work (C grade art students will still be considered on an individual basis).


Year 1

Unit 1 - Course work, 50 % overall grade September to January

Unit 2 - Exam unit 50 % overall grade February to May

Year 2

Unit 1 - Course work 50 % overall grade September to January

Unit 2 - Exam unit 50 % overall grade February to May

Future opportunities

The Creative Industries is one of the fastest growing industry sectors in the country and is comparable in size to the Financial Services industry. ‘These industries employ 1 million people themselves, while another 800,000 work in creative occupations. The livelihood of a growing proportion of British citizens will depend on this sector maintaining its trajectory of growth.’(Work Foundation report 2007). There are a variety of established local Universities, such as Nottingham Trent and Sheffield Hallam that offer creative degree courses with a world class reputation. If you have aspirations to work in “Creative Industries” you can talk to Mrs Ashcroft for further information.

A Level Art is the usual requirement for students wanting to study Art in Higher Education either at Foundation Level or as a Degree. AS/A Level Art will also contribute to general entry requirements in any higher education establishment. It is also a rewarding subject to pursue for your own interest.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Dukeries Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years