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Art and Design: Fine Art at St Gregory's Catholic School

Course description

Art & Design A level course opens opportunities across the design industries. You will have the chance to pursue personal interests whilst developing your ability to record, research, design and make. You will create work across a number of discipline areas including painting and drawing, photography, graphic design, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics. In addition this course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal expression, imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability.



Course content

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques and drawing methods including a day of life drawing. Following the initial guided unit, students will have the freedom to pursue their own choice of subject matter and will be supported in their independent exploration of their theme. All projects will be informed by artist research and gallery visits are an important source of inspiration. Ideas will develop using a range of media and processes including work in 2 and 3-dimensions.


Component 1: Personal Investigation.

This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of artwork and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. Initial workshops will introduce new techniques and broaden the experience of students through a variety of drawing methods and the personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification.


How is it assessed:

•60% of A Level
•Marks available: 90


Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

This component allows students the opportunity to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme. Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15 hour exam.

How is it assessed:

•15 hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions which will take place over multiple sessions.
•The externally set assignment is released on 1 February and contains a theme and suggested starting points.
•40% of A Level
•Marks available: 72



Entry requirements

Five GCSE’s at level 4 or above including Art and English at level 6 or above.

Future opportunities

Many A Level many students go on to Art and Design College. Past students have made careers in fashion, graphics, photography, film making, textile design, car design, teaching, art conservation, architecture, fine art, product design and animation.



Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Gregory's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel 9AD0

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • St Gregory's Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01892 527444
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • St Gregory’s is an Ofsted Outstanding Catholic school, welcoming of all faiths and none. We help young people to succeed, not just academically but as a well-balanced individual.

      Our Sixth Form is a vibrant happy and successful community where you can pursue and progress your academic studies and become confident, engaged and articulate, such that you will thrive in our rapidly changing world.

      We offer a broad range of subjects with all the support you’ll need to springboard into higher education, apprenticeships and employment. A combination of first class teaching and incredible pastoral care together with a range of experiences outside the classroom will inspire, build self-esteem and the confidence to achieve. Our Sixth Formers achieve consistently good examination results enabling them to move on to their chosen path, including Oxbridge, top universities, medical and veterinary schools. Our results are consistently high.

      Our dedicated Sixth Form Centre includes specialist classrooms, a lecture theatre, small seminar rooms, independent study areas, a large common room with a kitchen, garden and even its own chapel. Sixth Form staff are always on hand to help. Students also have access to a state of the art fitness suite and extensive playing fields with all-weather facilities.