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Art and Design AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

Students will generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources. You will experiment with media and processes, develop and refine your ideas then present your outcomes. The AS course takes one year to complete and consists of a coursework based unit and an external assessment unit set by Edexcel.

Course content


AS Unit 1:  Art and Design Coursework

AS Unit 2:  Art and Design Externally Assessed Assignment

Entry requirements

A minimum grade of B at GCSE or its equivalent is required to study the course.



Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your coursework and through assessed tasks.

Summative assessment will be through:

1. The production of Coursework during the course (worth 60% of AS).  Internally assessed, a sample will be moderated by Edexcel.

2. An external assignment and controlled 8-hour exam from Edexcel (worth 40% of AS).  Internally assessed, a sample will be moderated by Edexcel.

Future opportunities

The Advanced Subsidiary GCE (AS) course leads to Advanced GCE (A-Level / A2) which would require a further one year’s study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr. J. Chohan
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0121 5548122
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.