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Art and Design - A Level at Hanley Castle High School

Course description

This course requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

• relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources

• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts

• how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts

• continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions

• a working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

Entry requirements

A strong work ethic must already be proven. It is needed for independent learning, as much of the work will be done outside structured lesson time. The course builds on GCSE skills at minimum grade B.


In A level, both components 1 and 2 are non-exam assessments (NEA) set by the centre for component 1 and by AQA for component 2. Both will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in June. Students will be provided with exam papers for Component 2 on 1 st Feb 2017 or as soon as possible after that date.

Future opportunities

The course is recognised by all universities as an academic A level, and allows for students considering a career in Art and for those wishing to develop their creative abilities. It may lead to an Art and Design Foundation Course followed by a Degree course in any area of art and design e.g. fine art, fashion and textile design, furniture and interior design, graphic design, media studies, architecture and landscape architecture and many new expanding areas in the art industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hanley Castle High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September