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Art, Craft and Design A Level at The Holy Cross School

Course description

If you choose to study Art, Craft and Design you will have the freedom to work with a wide range of 2D and 3D materials and techniques. This gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to develop your creative and visual skills in areas such as surface design, painting, textiles and photography. You may want to use mixed media and develop your work using materials most suited to your ideas.

Course content

Unit 1 Skills based workshops in Year 12 (Sept - Dec)

Unit 1 Coursework 60% of A Level (Sept Year 12 - Jan Year 13)

Within the first term of the course students will be taught a variety of contemporary and tradition art techniques in 2d and 3d skill based workshops, helping to build their confidence within the subject. Students will select a personal portfolio theme for their personal coursework unit. This will allow students to have the opportunity to generate ideas and research from primary and contextual sources, record their findings, experiment with media and processes and develop and refine their ideas towards producing a series of outcomes.

This unit incorporates two linked elements, practical work and a personal study. The practical work allows the student to pursue their creative potential. The personal study is a clearly identified area of study linked to the practical work. It provides the focus for contextual analysis and connections and must be between 1000 and 3000 words.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%) Feb - May in Year 13

Students will be set a question or theme by AQA. They have an extended preparatory period in which to develop their ideas before a 15 hour examination.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Art or Art Textiles. Alternatively Merit or above in BTEC Art.

Also, Grade 4 in English Language

Any student who does not meet these requirements would need to meet with the Head of Art


All work is internally assessed and externally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Holy Cross School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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