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Art A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

Examination
The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at the end of Year 13.

Component 1: Personal Investigation
This component incorporates 2 major elements: supporting studies and practical work. In this unit students will be developing their knowledge, skill and understanding (through practical work and experimentation) of Art and Design.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
This paper is given in early February, in advance of the exam. Preparation is to be brought to the 10 hour exam. The theme is set externally, internally assessed and externally moderated.

For Year 13

Component 1: Personal Investigation- Practical Work and Personal Study Practical Work
Students create a body of work based on a selected focus that includes research from primary and other sources and contexts. Students develop their ideas using media and processes to explore and produce a sustained practical investigation. In addition, they are required to present an ongoing review with a personal response, demonstrating connections to contexts.

Personal Study
Appropriate research is taken from a range of contextual sources related to ongoing practical work and in-depth analysis and evaluation. Students choose an exploration of different aspects of historical and contemporary art, craft and evaluation using media and process exploration with a list of references.

Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment
This paper is given in early February, in advance of the exam. Preparation is to be brought to the 15 hour exam. The theme is set externally, internally assessed and externally moderated.

Course content

Personal Investigation
50%
Coursework: Body of work covering the AOS with final outcomes in 2 and 3 dimensions

Externally Set Assignment
50%
This paper will be given early January, in advance of the exam. The theme is set externally. Preparatory studies must be completed and handed in at the end of the exam.

Exam Papers Y13

Personal Investigation
60%
Coursework: Appropriate research from a range of contextual sources related to ongoing practical work and in-depth analysis and evaluation. 1-3000 word essay.

Externally Set Assignment
40%
This paper will be given early January, in advance of the exam. The theme is set externally.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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