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Art & Design AS/A Level (AQA) at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

Studying A Level Art and Design at Brooksbank enables students to develop their skills and interests through a variety of projects and workshops. The best foundation for success in AS and A Level Art is a good grade at GCSE. However, this isn't always necessary. The department is a committed and enthusiastic team, which includes four teachers plus an Art Technician. Together they bring a broad range of skills, expertise and experience to the subject, ensuring students receive the best possible artistic and educational experience.

The emphasis of the course is on developing your own ideas and creativity with constant reference to contemporary art practice. Students are encouraged to work to their strengths and can choose a range of options including fine art, textile design, industrial design, graphic design and digital arts that require them to explore ideas, processes and the work of others within a creative framework. The course enables students to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures and encourages the use of a wide range of 2D and 3D materials in order to develop skills. At AS, the emphasis is based on exploring processes and ideas. At A2, work is dedicated towards their chosen area of skills, research and interests, with a written piece supporting the final practical outcome.

Experiencing fine art at first hand is extremely important for developing understanding, as well as being essential for the research project at A Level. Therefore students will have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous visits to galleries across the country. Exhibiting students work is encouraged at both levels and students will have the opportunity to do this within the school environment and in local public galleries such as Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse.

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Course content


Students are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study.Students have an externally set assignment with five exciting starting points of which they chose one to develop. The work could be of a developmental nature or an outcome which is fully completed.

A Level

Students are set a personal investigation. They develop written and practical work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choosing. Students have an externally set assignment with a variety of exciting starting points of which they choose one to develop. This culminates into a final completed outcome.

Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  •  grade C GCSE English Language 
  •  plus at least 4 other subjects.

Please note we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until a grade C is achieved.



  • Portfolio. 60% of AS - No time limit
  • Externally set aasignment. Preparatory period plus 10hour supervised time. 40% of AS

A Level

  • Personal Investigation 60% of A Level
  • Externally set assignment. Preparatory period plus 15 hour supervised time. 40% of A Level

Assesment Objectives

Marks are awarded in the following areas for AS and A Level:

  • AO1-Analysing and experimenting using the work of other artists
  • AO2-Experimenting with materials and developing ideas
  • AO3-Recording observations in a variety of forms
  • AO4-Personal responses





Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses which could lead onto higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. However an A Level in Art & Design does not just offer you a route into Arts-based employment such as, teacher, architecture, interior designer, graphic designer and fashion designer. It also bestows a highly desirable skill set. Working to deadlines means that you will become an efficient time manager, your knowledge of a wide range of materials will make you a highly practical individual and through observation and writing, you will become highly analytical.  In addition to this, we aim to develop you to become a highly perceptive individual with a sense of identity, which will enable you to contribute to a wider world.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years