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Art at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body: Edexcel (Pearson)

Art at Tring follows a traditional path. Emphasis is placed on the ability to draw well from life, in order to realise complex and extraordinary ideas. Students have the opportunity for learning outside the class room. A Study Tour to Paris or another European city one year to visit the galleries, draw from their collections and gather visual resources to take back to the class room and the following year a drawing tour to a coastal town in Britain in order to develop drawing skills and to work from unfamiliar landscapes all play a part in developing skills, experiences and ideas.

Course content

Unit 1 Personal Investigation (Coursework) - The Personal Investigation is intended to form a basis on which students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in creating a rich visual language in the context of selected ideas. Ideas provide the starting point for Art and Design practice, form an integral part of the creative process and lie at the heart of assessment for Art A Level. This Unit incorporates two elements, practical work and a written personal study. Practical investigation and application forms the basis and foundation of this Unit. After a 6 week foundation project, in which students explore drawing, painting, print, textiles and sculpture, students will pursue their own creative and visual ideas in some of these chosen areas of art, craft and design.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment (ESA) - The unit comprises two major elements: preparatory work and a 15 hour timed piece. The preparatory studies will incorporate a portfolio of practical developmental work and annotation. Students work through ideas, processes, experiments and explorations for the timed test with guidance from the teaching staff, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the skills, processes, media and materials learnt during Unit 1. Students will receive the title for the ESA in January of the second year and produce their final piece of work for the assignment in May during the 15 hour period of sustained study (the timed test).

Entry requirements

Grade 5 at GCSE Art and  Grade 5 in English Language


A practical personal investigation – 60% of total marks.

An externally set assignment (practical exam at the end of Year 13) – 40% of total marks

Future opportunities

An A level in Art is a prerequisite for any career in the Art and Design field. The usual route for anyone interested in this career path is to progress to a Foundation Course in Art and Design at one of the local colleges. Here, you will experience the different disciplines of art and design - graphic design, theatre design, fashion and textiles, printmaking, sculpture, illustration, computer graphics and animation as well as the more traditional fine art activities. Once a Foundation Course has been completed students move on to Art Degrees. Many of our students have gone on to high caliber universities and Art colleges for both their Art Foundation Course and their Degree Course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tring School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years