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Art and Design A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

The course will provide students with the opportunity to progress their creative skills through the exploration of a wide range of materials. This will be done whilst developing a variety of techniques and will ultimately result in students producing an extensive portfolio of work. A range of artists and craftspeople, both contemporary and from the past times, will be introduced in order to further support the development of work.

Course content


Component 1: Portfolio
No time limit
96 marks, 60% of AS
The emphasis of this component will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students should produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. Each student will include in their portfolio a selection of work which will demonstrate their ability to sustain work from an original starting point. It will include critical and contextual work, sketchbook work and the development of outcomes in a variety of forms.

Component 2: Externally set assignment
Preparatory period + 10 hours of supervised time 96 marks, 40% of AS
An externally set question paper will provide students with a choice of 5 starting points; students are required to select one. Students will be supplied with the question paper on or as soon as possible after 1 February. Following receipt of the paper student will develop their preparatory work in any suitable format. Following this period students will complete 10 hours of unaided supervised time to produce outcomes.


Component 1: Personal Investigation
No time limit
96 marks, 60% of A-level

Students will undertake a practical investigation into an idea, theme, issue or concept. This practical work will be supported by written material. The focus of the investigation will be identified independently by the student and will lead to a finished outcome (a final piece of work). The investigation will demonstrate the ability of the student to develop a cohesive line of argument whilst evidencing their practical skill. A wide range of techniques will be explored using an appropriate range of materials.

Component 2 : Externally set assignment
Preparatory period +15 hours of supervised time
96 marks, 40% of A-level
Students will be provided with an externally set question paper. The question paper consists of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to choose one of these questions as the focus for their investigations. The question papers will be provided on 1 February or as soon as possible after this date. Following the preparatory period students will undertake 15 hours of unaided supervised time in which they will develop an outcome or a series of outcomes.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above for GCSE Art is preferred. It is possible to take Art in the Sixth Form without having followed a GCSE in Art but you should contact either Mr Matthews at St Aidan’s or Mr Barton at St John Fisher to discuss this. Proof of your potential (i.e. artwork you have completed) will be required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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