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Art & Design AS Level at St Peter's School, Huntingdon

Course description

The GCE A Level in Art and Design is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to combine their studies with other A level subjects.

Art and Design has a significant effect on the world around us and with creative careers on the increase art students have a variety of future opportunities open to them.

At St Peter's sixth form students have a studio space open to them out of lesson time for independent study and the department has a Mac suite for those interested in developing their skills in new media.

The AS course is designed to ensure that practical artistic skills and abilities are developed and you are encouraged to reflect on your work and on the work of others.

The course allows students to work with both traditional and new media and aims to prepare you for further study or employment.

Course content

You will develop your knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art.

You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas using art, craft and design.

You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills.

You will develop understanding of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.

Entry requirements

You will need a

  • Merit/Distinction from the BTEC First Certificate in Art or
  • an Art GCSE Grade C.
  • Overall you will need 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C in at least 4 different GCSE's or equivalent subjects.

You should have an understanding of the basic elements of Art, its history and its purpose.

Above all, you should have an interest in creating and understanding art and the determination to develop that interest.


AS Level

  • Unit 1:

Art and Design coursework - Investigation of the key elements of art, the work of artists and crafts people and development of personal work.

  • Unit 2:

Externally set Assignment:A timed test of 8 hours. In the first term of the AS course you will be set a variety of short tasks and the evidence you produce will be assessed against the assessment criteria so you will have a good understanding of your progress. In the second part of the AS course you will develop your own personal work and complete an externally set assignment which are all assessed against these criteria.

Your work will be assessed against 4 assessment criteria.

  • AO1

Develop your ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

  • AO2

Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as your work develops.

  • AO3

Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on your work and progress.

  • AO4

Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements.

WEIGHTING OF UNITS AS Level - Units AS A LevelUnit 1 - Art and Design Coursework60%

Financial information

Students are required to purchase an A3 sketchbook for the AS course; these are available from the department at a discounted rate.

The department also offers the opportunity to purchase a range of art equipment at a discounted rate.

There may be costs required for trips.

Future opportunities

To continue your Art studies on the A2 course. There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most of these require further study at an Art College, further education college or university.

At present, most students wishing to take art, craft or design further will do a one-year 'Foundation' course at an Art College or College of Further Education before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of art and design.

You may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have a qualification in art, craft and design, or where you will need to use the skills you have developed. These might include careers in advertising, marketing, graphic design, architecture, illustration, publishing and computer game design. The study of Art can also help you develop transferable skills you can take into any career or job.

Further information

Past students who have studied Art at St Peter's have gone on to study Illustration, Architecture, History of Art, Graphics and Teaching with Art as a specialism.

For any further information, please contact Mrs D Glover -

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year