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Art (A Level) (Edexcel) at Wilson's School

Course description

The aim of the course is to engage with and explore the visual arts through the production of personal practical work. Outcomes are therefore not prescribed and each candidate has a great deal of autonomy in developing work that they find interesting and inspiring. The Art staff work closely with the A-level candidates in helping them develop their work successfully and in fulfilling the highest examination criteria.

The syllabus offered is Fine Art and all students are encouraged to work in a broad range of materials and approaches. These include 2D and 3D work as well as photographic and film based media. Students interested in illustration and graphic communication can be entered for the Art, Craft & Design specification that allows for a greater variety of pathways.

Course content

Component 1: Art and Design Coursework

  • Creative Investigative Studies
  • Critical Understanding
  • Practical Work
  • Evidence and recording of personal development

Component 2: Art and Design Externally Set Assignment

  • Creative, investigative studies
  • Critical understanding
  • Practical work
  • Evidence and recording of personal development
  • Outcome in response to the component theme

Component 3: Art and Design Coursework

  • Practical work, supporting studies and personal outcomes
  • Personal study, continuous prose

Component 4: Art and Design Externally Set Assignment

  • Preparatory studies and personal outcomes

Entry requirements

At least a grade 7 in Art. However, where Art has not been taken at GCSE, a portfolio of evidence of a suitable range of skills will be considered.


Component 1, Summer of lower sixth, 50% lower sixth mark

Component 2: Summer of lower sixth, 50% of lower sixth mark

Component 3: Summer of upper sixth, 60% of A Level

Component 4: Summer of upper sixth, 40% of A Level

Future opportunities

The creative industries in Britain are extensive and include advertising and marketing, photography, film and media, graphic design and illustration, interior design, animation and architecture, fashion and textiles design, product design and many more. Careers linked with art and design are clearly varied and interesting, but often require further study in a more specialised field. A common post A-level programme is to complete a one year foundation course then move to a specialist three year degree course, although direct access to a degree course is increasingly popular. Architecture is a popular career option for students studying at Wilson‘s.

Further information

Art is the only subject where boys are not entered for an AS exam, but are given the opt ion of sitting the AS exam if they do not intend continuing with the subject in the Upper Sixth. The reason for this is that, due to the large coursework component, students entered for the AS-level in Art are then required to complete the full A-level in only one year during the Upper Sixth. By not entering students for the AS-level they are able to complete the full A-level over two years. The internal AS equivalent examination contributes towards the matriculation requirements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years