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Art and Design at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)

Course description

The main purpose of this challenging course is to develop students’ ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way.  It encourages students to think and work independently.  They are given the opportunity to explore wide-ranging ideas and materials and methods through drawing and painting, sculpture, textiles and mixed media.  Commitment, determination and enthusiasm are essential and will lead to endless possibilities for artistic impression

Course content

Subject Content and Assessment



Weighting and Duration

Unit 1 Coursework:

This unit makes up 50% of the AS qualification. Students will have the opportunity to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.


Unit 2 Exam:

The external exam is accounts for 50% of the AS Level. This unit represents the culmination of the AS course. The paper consists of one broad- based thematic starting point.



Weighting and Duration

Unit 1 Coursework:

This unit accounts for 60% of the A-Level final grade.  It is made up of two components:


  • Practical work
  • Personal Study (2000 word essay)


 Unit 2: Exam The external exam accounts for 40% of the final A-Level grade.


All work is internally marked and externally moderated.


Learning Methods


  • Independent research
  • Investigation
  • Exploration
  • Experimentation
  • Developing ideas
  • Technical and practical work.
  • Critical appraisal through feedback, discussion, peer assessment.
  • Appreciation of others’ work through gallery visits, exhibitions, libraries, Internet etc
  • Listening to others.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students should have a grade B or above in Art & Design or Art Graphics or a Merit or above for Art BTEC. However, the Art department will consider students with a C or a PASS in special circumstances. Please talk to your art teacher to discuss this further.

Future opportunities


At present, many students taking Art related subjects do a one-year Foundation course before applying for a degree course.

We have 100% success in helping students secure places to further their studies.  Skills developed on an A level Art course are also useful in fields such as Marketing, Advertising, Architecture, Publishing, Journalism and the Media.  The course also develops many transferable skills such as general aesthetic awareness, inquisitiveness, problem solving, presentation and communication skills that can be useful in many areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Ar