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A Level Art, Craft and Design at Barton Court Grammar School

Course description

Art, Craft and Design is a broad-based course exploring practical and contextual work through a range of 2D and 3D processes and media associated with a wide variety of disciplines, offering something for everyone. The specification directly supports progression to further and higher education in Art and Design and related subjects, as well as providing all students with a platform to inspire a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, Art and Design. So if you are a GCSE art student wanting to take your passion to the next level, we can help by bringing you new and exciting techniques and opportunities. You will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Why not try printmaking, sculpture, life drawing, digital photography, textiles or alternative media? How about developing your drawing and painting to a higher standard? We can offer you an exhilarating yet supportive environment to unleash your creative potential.

Course content

Areas of study

Students must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the endorsed titles listed below:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Photography

Component 1: Personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a personal investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2: Externally Set assignment

The Externally Set Assignment represents the culmination of the A Level course. The question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Preparatory period – from 1 February. Students should consider the starting points and select one. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements, including Art or Textiles at grade 6 or BTEC Level 2 Art Distinction where these have been taken. Students who have not studied Art before will need to demonstrate a strong commitment to the subject.


Component 1– Personal investigation counting for 60% of the total A Level marks

Component 2– Externally set assignment counting for 40% of the total A Level marks

Future opportunities

Following on from Foundation and Degree Courses in a wide variety of disciplines, students can embark on careers in: architecture, fashion design, history of art, art conservation, art therapy, web design, interior design, teaching, photography, furniture making, community arts, graphic design, etc.


Further information

To find out more speak to Mr Turner, Lead Teacher of Art, or go to

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years