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Art AQA AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

The overall endorsement is 'Fine Art'.
According to Einstein, "creativity is intelligence having fun!"
The A Level Art course is designed to merge and develop skill, creativity and analytical aptitude as we respond to artists, processes and themes. 

Qualities required:

  • Students should be creative and enjoy working with a variety of materials and techniques.
  • Students should have an understanding of how to manipulate the basic elements in art - colour tone, form line, etc., and the place of art, craft and design in the world - its history and purpose.
  • Students should have a genuine interest in creating and understanding art and have the determination to develop that interest.


Course content

AS - Preferably a one year course.

Component 1 – Portfolio:

This five month component offers rich opportunities for students to creatively develop a broad range of artwork that explores a diverse range of making processes such as drawing, printmaking, painting and ICT image manipulation.

As with all other units, teaching programmes are designed to encourage students to develop the knowledge and understanding of art as well as placing their practical work in a context with reference to the work of other artists.

Component 2 - Externally set assignment:

Students are given a six-week preparatory period to respond to one of five questions that is set by the Examination Board. Students will receive examination papers in February. This response includes:

  • Generating a range of ideas.
  • Appropriate research into sources and contexts.
  • Primary recording and analysis of sources and contexts.
  • Development of ideas, review and refinement.
  • Synthesis of ideas and outcomes which connect with appropriate contexts.
  • Work is produced within a period of 15 hours in an examination.

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. 

However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific Entry Criteria: GCSE graded A"-B in Art (Students who have not studied Art at GCSE will be required to submit a portfolio of work for consideration).


Method of Assessment: AS Course

Unit 1:

  • Internally set; internally marked; externally moderated.
  • Exam month: 5 month portfolio development

Unit 2:

  • Externally set; internally marked; externally moderated.
  • Exam month: Exam period February - June 

Future opportunities

There are many opportunities in a wide range of careers and further education:

  • Product and Industrial Design 
  • Architecture
  • Illustration
  • Film and Media
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion/Interior Design
  • Advertising
  • Foundation course in Art leading to BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Art History, Graphics, etc

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.