Art & Design: Fine Art AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School
This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.
AS Component 1 Coursework (60%):
Coursework unit comprises of internally set broad project themes that students explore, experiment, develop and refine towards finished outcomes. Preparatory studies are presented in sketchbooks or design sheets.
Component 2 Exam (40%):
The externally set assignment is issued 6-8 weeks in advance of the timed test (practical - 10 hrs) giving time to plan and prepare a visual response to the set theme.
A2 Component 1 Coursework (60%):
Coursework unit comprises of personal project investigation that students explore, experiment, develop and refine towards finished outcomes. Preparatory studies are presented in sketchbooks or design sheets. An extended written assignment where students profile their own work and ideas alongside artists’ work is also required.
Component 2 Exam (40%):
The externally set assignment is issued 6-8 weeks in advance of the timed test (practical - 15 hrs) giving time to plan and prepare a visual response to the set theme.
How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):
- Personal research, experimentation & development of ideas
- Coverage of a range of 2D & 3D techniques
- Art theory and history
- Site visits, exhibition, gallery and museum visits
Skills you will need:
- Independent learning and self-organisation
- Self-motivation & discipline
- Passion for the arts scene – visiting galleries/exhibitions etc.
- Problem solving, reviewing and modifying skills; understanding of design processes
- Good observation skills & critical analysis skills
To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.
Both courses are taught across 4 assessment objectives (equal in weighting) that measures success against research, development, experimentation & investigation, refinement and making. All units are internally marked and externally moderated
Large numbers of students progress to Art Foundation courses or Art & Design degrees in areas such as fashion, textiles & costume, film & animation, illustration, graphics & advertising, fine art & sculpture, photography, architecture, landscape design, theatre design, interior design.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Larkmead School directly.