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Art and Design AS and A Level at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

Art and Design is a subject area that can offer a particularly rich and diverse range of learning experiences.

Course content

The A level qualification consists of 4 units; during the AS and A2 years pupils complete two coursework units and two externally set assignments. Pupils have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources. They experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine your ideas to present final outcomes in a range of media including, drawing, painting, sculpture, ICT, printing, digital and mixed media.

The AS Fine Art course offered includes studies in drawing and painting, sculpture and ceramics, fine art textiles and contextual studies.

Entry requirements

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E – 3 points

F – 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.


The externally set assignments consist of broad-based thematic starting points and encourages independence in the development of ideas, intentions and response. In the second year of the course (A2), pupils undertake a self-directed project which incorporates practical work with a written contextual study.

The requirements of the AS qualification comprises of the following:

  1. Coursework unit – Thematic set by centre

Mandatory requirements include:

  • A journal/sketchbook A4/A5
  • Preparatory Studies 1-2 sheets
  • Final Outcome 2D & 3D
  1. Externally set Examination – Thematic approach set by Board

Mandatory requirements include:

  • A journal/sketchbook
  • Preparatory Studies
  • Final Outcome
  • 8 hour timed test

Students are also expected to present their work in preparation for the external moderator in June.

Future opportunities

The course helps to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

It can lead to career opportunities in industry and product design, advertising and the media, teaching, creative therapies as well as being a Fine artist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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