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Art and Design at Sutton Grammar School

Course description

Art at A Level is about developing an adventurous approach to your practical skills and ideas. You will gain a deeper understanding of past and contemporary art, crafts and design in order to produce thought provoking work, within sketchbooks and on a large scale. The course is designed and assessed to document your thought processes and show a journey of ideas, portrayed with various creative media.

You will build upon your strengths from the Art GCSE, developing skills which support your studies in every subject. You will improve your ability to research and analyse information, solve problems, find, and understand links and connections which will result in creative personal outcomes. Painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, computer-aided design,animation, film, textiles and life-
drawing are amongst the most common media employed, but candidates are encouraged to introduce any media they feel necessary to their work.

Course content

Unit 1: Coursework - Body Language
This project is based on a personal response to changing themes such as 'Body Language'. You will go through a series of skills based workshops before developing your ideas in to a final piece. There will be at least one trip to a gallery or museum and a workshop both usually in London and occasionally abroad to places such as Paris or Barcelona.

Unit 2: Externally set exam theme
After initial research into a general theme (a past paper set by the exam board for A level or an exam theme set for AS level by the exam board) the focus of the exam project is chosen by you with teacher support. You can develop your personal interests tailored to university applications and use the materials you wish to develop your skills within.

Unit 3: Coursework – Practical work and personal study (essay)
This involves an in-depth critical study of your choice on a theme within the field of Art and Design. You also produce a written essay of a minimum of 1000
words plus practical support work. There will be at least one trip to a gallery and museum and a workshop usually in London and occasionally abroad.

Unit 4: Externally set exam theme
The theme is set by the exam board but you can develop it to suit your interests and tailor it to your degree subject if desired. The aim is to extend your personal interests and skills with processes of your choice.

Entry requirements

All candidates must pass at least eight GCSEs (Grades A*-C) including English,
Maths and a Science. Four of these subjects should be a minimum of a Grade A
and a further two at a minimum of Grade B. (A Grade A* or A is usually required
in the subjects to be studied at A-level).


The course is made up of coursework and exam projects. There are no written exams, although you are expected to support your practical work with critical appraisal including an essay for the second year of the A level. For the AS, or first year of the A level, there is a10 hour exam to make the final piece. Then for the second year of the A Level there is a 15 hour exam for the final piece. As with GCSE Art there is an exhibition at the end of each year to show off your work to family and friends. Your work is marked by the Art teachers and then by external moderators during the exhibition. Usually students taking this subject get excellent results and find the course very rewarding.

Future opportunities

You can use the portfolio you will have created to continue your Art studies at degree level, opting for a wide range of courses available nationally, with Architecture being a popular choice. It is also popular to complete a one-year Art Foundation course
and then to study a more specialist three-year degree course. This course will help you in all areas of study by improving your creativity, flexibility, research and problem-solving skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sutton Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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