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Art and Design AS level at Wren Academy

Course description

This course offers students an intellectually stimulating, creative, practical and personal learning experience. The course aims to offer students opportunities to explore and investigate areas of personal interest and curiosity. This is done through visual research and experimentation, often enabling students to deepen their understanding of their other subjects by facilitating their ability to make links and widen their understanding. The course balances learning across skills, knowledge and understanding – valuing the contribution practical visual enquiry makes to research and learning habits.

Course content

Unit 1 - Coursework

  • Internally set and assessed.
  • In this unit, students will have opportunities 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 - Externally Set Assignment

  • This unit represents the culmination of the AS course. The paper consists of one broadbased thematic starting point. The unit is planned with guidance during the preparatory period, encouraging independence in the development of ideas, intentions and responses.

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade B in GCSE Art and Design.


The AS and A2 course are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Art and Design provides an excellent grounding for students wishing to pursue further studies in Art and Design, such as a pre-degree Foundation Courses, degree courses, Higher National Certificate courses and Diplomas. Students applying for courses in all areas of visual culture will find the AS/A2 Art and Design course enriches their way of both seeing and understanding the world, equipping effectively for courses such as: Art and Design; Architecture; Film; Photography; Fashion; Media – to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year