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Art AS A2 at Bishop Stopford CE School

Course description

the new AS and A2 course provides you with the opportunity to explore and develop your own ideas and subjects. All work is based around a theme which encourages breadth and depth in the development of your visual language. It combines well with other subjects, and will lead to a huge range of further opportunities such as art and design related courses at university, and careers in the art and design sector such as graphic design, fashion design and architecture.

Course content

In Year 12 (AS level) you will study 2 units:

Unit 1 Coursework.

You are expected to use the given theme as a starting point within your own chosen subject matter, through research, investigation, critical studies and development of ideas, media and scale. You will produce several 'outcomes' and a final outcome in January / February of your course.

Unit 2 Examination

This is internally marked and externally moderated. You will be able to start your exam 'theme' from January onwards and will sit an 8 hour exam in May. You must demonstrate your investigative skills by developing ideas and exploring visually. All work should be subject to on-going critical review. All four assessment objectives must be present in both the coursework and the externally set exam.

In Year 13 (A2 level) you will take:

Unit 3

These two will be assessed under one assessment grid. Both will be interlinked and support each other. It is vital therefore that you know your the focus and your intentions right from the start.

a) Practical Work

Ideally you should follow through experiences and ideas developed at AS Level. However you may, if you choose to, adopt a completely different subject matter.

You should demonstrate the ability to resolve issues and ideas through a wide variety of media scale and materials. Contextual analysis and connections should be used to inform your own creative visual ideas. The practical work should NOT be a pastiche arising from the personal study.

b) Personal Study

You are required to research, evaluate analyse and establish coherent and sustainable links between their own practical work, with that of critical and historical references.

You should select artists' work, methods and / or Art movements appropriate to your practical work and produce a 1000 - 3000 word illustrated dissertation.

The submission for this unit must address fully all four assessment objectives.

Unit 4

This unit follows the same course as Unit Two of the AS Level but at a deeper level of understanding and practical work.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C is a minimum entry requirement, although we recommend an average of 8 Grade C GCSEs. You will need to have studied GCSE Art, and to have gained a grade C in it.


The assessment for this AS/A level is both by coursework and examination.

Financial information

You may need to purchase art materials and additional texts for further personal study.

Further information

Whilst all our courses are compatible with each other, the timetable may limit some combinations.

For subject specific details please contact Head of Art:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford CE School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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