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A Level Art and Design at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

The course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop personal coursework in response to various project themes and ideas. The work is developed through responding to the work of other artists, experimenting with media, recording ideas and developing personal responses. The course offers maximum flexibility for students to develop their artistic skills and knowledge, allowing students and teachers to work from their strengths. Students will follow guidelines allowing them to bring together practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of different materials and processes. Here at All Saints we aim to develop students’ problem solving skills and ability to ‘think around’ the theme, which we believe will stand them in good stead for higher or further education. At the same time they will become more visually aware of their environment.

Course content

Component 1 - In-depth project: 60%

Component 2 - A study of a theme that leads to the 15 hour examination

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Art, Graphics or relevant subject.


The two components at A Level are assessed internally and moderated externally. The final component is an externally set assignment which includes a 15 hour exam.

Future opportunities

Skills developed and opportunities available:

Students explore and develop skills through the four assessment objectives:

• Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

• Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.

• Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions demonstrating a reflective ability.

• Present a personal response demonstrating critical understanding.

Potential careers include all aspects of the creative industries including, expressive arts, graphic design, media, fashion, architecture, illustration, inertia design, photography and art therapies.

Further information

Student Comment:

“…Without studying Art and Design at Sixth Form I would never have considered the type of university course that I have embarked upon. It has allowed me to pursue unique career opportunities.”

How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 October 2018
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