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A Level Art and Design AS at Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College

Course description

Visits to galleries and places of interest are an essential part of Art courses. Past students have visited Barcelona during the Easter break. In the last twelve months students have visited Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Kew Gardens, V & A, Design Museum and Photographers’ Gallery. Students also work with practitioners and designers from industry. Students have worked with a mural artist, Spencer Lowe, and together painted a large scale mural in the local community. Last year they worked with artist Earl Jesse and had work exhibited in the RSA in London.

The Art Department has a designated Art studio for 6th Form students, with their own work spaces. It has excellent resources, with students having access to digital cameras, ceramics facilities, a nearby garden and excellent ICT resources - including touch screen computers.

AS Art is an academic modular course, consisting of two modules. The first, worth 50% of the final grade is a themed coursework unit using observational painting and drawing skills as a starting point to create an extended collection of work based on a theme, skill, idea or interest. The second unit is worth 50%. It is a practical controlled assignment set by the exam board. Students have preliminary study time to answer one of a range of questions set by AQA.

Students then have a five hour exam to produce further development work focusing on the development of ideas. Study of AS Art may lead to the study of A2 Art in the second year. In this case the two modules taken at AS count as 50% of the final Advanced level grade.

A2 Art consists of two more modules. The first, worth 25% of A2 level, is a self directed personal study chosen by the student. The personal study is a practical personal investigation supported by a 3000 word illustrated personal study on an aspect of critical and historical art, craft or design. The final unit, worth 25% of the final grade is a practical controlled assignment. Preliminary study is given to answer one of a range of questions set by AQA. Students then have fifteen hours to complete a final piece.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C including English and Mathematics with at least a B grade at GCSE Art. Students must be independent, self motivated practitioners who are willing to challenge and pursue their own ideas, thoughts and interests for their own self direct coursework units.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 28 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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