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Art and Design A Level at The Piggott School

Course description

Art A level examination results at the Piggott School are outstanding . This A level course has been designed by experienced teachers to the highest standard and directly supports progression to both further and higher education . M any of our students choose A rt and D esign for the enjoyment and learning provided. The subject is often selected as a practical A level that complements other choices made and not necessarily as a direct career path. The AQA Art and Design A level has been endorsed by some Russell Group Universities and it is designed to provide students with a rich platform of skil ls and a lifelong interest in making and appreciating Art. It is a practical subject with theoretical ele ments. Students explore a wide variety of relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art, craft and design from both historic and more contemporary artists. They are also given the opportunity to explore a range of activities using new and tr aditional media. Students are taught the skills, knowledge and understanding required for independent study at A level Standard .

Entry requirements

  • It is not a requirement to have studied Art GCSE for enrolment on this course
  • Students who took Art GCSE are required to have a B pass . Students with a C pass in Art at may be admitted on the strength of elements of their portfolio.
  • If you are considering A Level Art and did not take the subject at GCSE please come and talk to the Art Department staff.


There are two assessed elements.

Unit 1 - 60 % of A Level Q ualification This is a coursework unit where students , with the guidance of art staff , choose an area of study that links to the criteria in the specification . The areas of study are very broad and most students quickly find a topic that links to both their interests and practical skills. Areas of study include painti ng and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, installation and printmaking.

Unit 2 - 40% of A Level Q ualification This is an externally set unit. Students pick a question from a choice of eight set b y the exam board . From this question they produce work which is assessed using the criteria set by the awardin g body. The final ou tcome can take either a 2 D or 3D format. After an initial period working through project ideas, students will then have fifteen hours of supervised time to produce a fi nal set of p aintings, prints, sculptures or a digital outcome.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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