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Art and Design A Level at The Henrietta Barnett School

Course description

At A level, students are encouraged to take risks and develop as artists. They are given the opportunity to specialise in a range of media and processes that are relevant to their interests whether they be Architecture, fashion, sculpture, darkroom photography, installation or film. Their work culminates in an end of year show and students are responsible for the curation and set up of these exhibitions. Edexcel places theory alongside the practical elements of the course at A2, enabling students to further refine their written analysis and essay writing skills in preparation for higher education. We hope that by the end of this course, students will have gained a rich understanding of visual language and a passion for Art that goes beyond their school career.

We will expect you to work with commitment over the course. Every piece of work will be relevant from the first day of the course. You will be given the opportunity to work in a wide variety of media and techniques and you will be expected to be open-minded. There will be much more emphasis on your personal opinion, developing confidence with your ideas and developing a more responsible and independent approach to your own learning. You will be expected to visit galleries in your own time. You will be expected to develop a critical awareness and be prepared to share and discuss personal opinions through your research and in class debate. As the course develops you will find out about your strengths and weaknesses. Your aim will be to build on your strengths and improve those areas, which need more work. You will be encouraged and supported throughout the course and it will be important for you to develop mature and responsive relationships with your tutors.

Course content

Your coursework, in your work journals and elsewhere, should include research, supporting studies and work showing the development of your ideas and personal reflection and response leading to one or more outcomes - usually finished pieces of work. Your teacher will set you assignments and tasks.



Entry requirements

At least six grades 7 or above at GCSE (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) (b) At least a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics, if these subjects are not being taken in the Sixth Form. (c) At least grade 7 (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A Level. For Further Mathematics an 8 or 9 (A* in the unreformed GCSE). sFor subjects not previously studied at GCSE, a grade 7 or above (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) in an equivalent subject will be required


60% Coursework including written component, 40% Examination (internally marked and externally moderated).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Henrietta Barnett School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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