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Art and Design AS and A Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

The A level Art course is a continuation from studies undertaken during the GCSE Art course and although it is divided into AS and A2 for assessment and grading, it is designed to be one coherent course in its structure and the development of skills. Students will experience a series of units/projects where they will establish and develop a broad range of intellectual, technical and creative skills in a variety of media, materials and approaches. Students who have been conscientious during their GCSE Art studies will recognise this higher course as a direct extension from their previous studies and should aim to challenge themselves with new experiences and more sophisticated approaches. The course content will follow a personal enquiry.

Course content

As A level Art and Design is a fully academic subject, some students will wish to follow this course without intending to follow further Art studies at a higher level or as an artistic career.  This is acceptable and is recognised as common practice.  However, students wishing to follow a career in the Arts will find this course essential and a valuable contribution to their future plans.

Entry requirements

Techniques, materials and content will be tutored in compliance with the AQA
examinations council, but the emphasis is with the students challenging themselves to learn independently, by experience and experimentation.  A high level of motivation is required.  Students will be expected to have achieved a grade B or higher at GCSE Art to undertake this course. 


There are two components: Component 1: Personal investigation: A practical in
vestigation to show a thorough visual analysis of a specific topic, idea or theme supported by written material as an extended response that is 1000 – 3000 words in length. Component 2: Externally set assignment: Externally set themed question culminating in a 15 hour exam.

Financial information

A range of personal equipment will need to be built up gradually over the course and a
work journal for each component can be purchased through the school at cost price.  
Travel expenses to galleries will also need to be met by the students.  Costs will always be kept to a minimum.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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