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Art and Design AS/A-Level at Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre

Course description

A level Art and Design enables you to develop your appreciation of the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way.  You will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology of art and the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings visually. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills, developing a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society. The practical skills you acquire will be determined, to some extent, by your choice of areas of study made from any combination of the following: painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography, graphic design, and illustration.

Course content

AS Qualification

Component 1   Term: Autumn Students 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.

Component 2 Term: Starts 1 Jan The ESA paper consists of one broad ‐based thematic starting point. This intensive project culminates in students producing a final piece under controlled conditions.

A Level Qualification

Component 1 Term: Autumn This component incorporates two linked elements, each with separate final outcomes: practical work and personal study (1000‐3000 word essay)

Component 2 Term: Starts 1 Feb The ESA paper consists of one broad ‐based thematic starting point. Once again, the final piece will be produced under controlled conditions at the end of the project.

Entry requirements

To study at Hellesdon High School Sixth Form you will need:

  • SIX GCSEs A* - C Grades will enable you to study FOUR A/S Level courses.

We would advise that a Grade B at GCSE would be a good indicator of potential for A Level but we will discuss this with you. Equally we can discuss options for individuals who may fall short of the six higher grade entry requirements.

When applying for courses you should look to study subjects that:

  • a) You have a strong interest in (and enjoyment of)
  • b) You feel you are successful at
  • c) Your Yr11 teachers have highlighted you are good at.

It may also be useful to investigate university/employment websites if you have a particular interest in following a subject forward after Sixth Form. 

Subject Specific

It is expected that students embarking on this course will have achieved GCSE Art and Design at a minimum grade B. 


AS Qualification

Assessment ‐  coursework  = 50%  marks

Assessment – Externally Set Assignment = 50%  marks

A Level Qualification

Assessment – coursework  = 60%  marks

Assessment – Externally Set Assignment = 40% marks

Future opportunities

Students progress on to further and higher education and careers in: film /television and photography, landscape gardening, theatre and stage design, product design, furniture design, interior design and architecture,  illustration, graphic design and games design, publishing, textiles and fashion design, teaching/lecturing, fine art: sculptor/painter/printmaker, museum and gallery work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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