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A Level in Art, Crafts and Design at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

This course allows students to specialise in two specific areas of study. The specialised areas of study students can work in are Fine Art, Photography, 3D Design, Textiles and Critical and Contextual Studies. Students must pick two areas from this list to focus on during the year.
One of the main focuses of the course is on students being able to successfully record to a high standard through drawing and other appropriate media. An understanding of how to develop work will benefit students so previous experience of a design or creative subject at GCSE is beneficial and preferably with a grade B.

Course content

There are 3 Units required, one at AS and two at A2. Experimenting and Developing are emphasised at ‘AS’ with Recording and Presenting emphasised at ‘A2’.
During AS students will need to write clear annotations and evaluations. The written work must be grammatically correct. At A2 students will need to produce a related Personal Study between 1000 – 3000 words. The written work will need to directly link to their personal practical project.
Students can present their work as a completed body of work. This can be done in sketchbooks, workbooks on formal presentation sheets or a digital presentation. The work must reflect exploration of ideas, research, various techniques and skills. The quality of the work produced is very important. Students must learn to be able to select work for presentation before moderation in April. The work presented must link and reflect clear development leading to a final piece and reflecting their best work. There is no set format and it could be a variety of sizes, scales, materials and processes.
Students will work within one theme throughout the coursework element of the course. Study trips should be attended and used in conventional class time. Students will be expected to put in several hours a week related to their work and make use of the open door policy the art department has and the ectra sessions held after school on Wednesday.

Entry requirements

6th Form entry requirements, as found on the school's website, and knowledge and experience of 2 of the specialism areas.


Exam Board
OCR – H200
AS externally set exam is worth 100%
A2 Personal Study is worth 60%
A2 externally set exam is worth 40%

Further information

For further information contact Miss F Loughrey, Head of Art

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS and a further 1 year for A Level