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Art and Design AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description


The AQA Advanced Level Art Course is similar to the GCSE Course in that students will engage in practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of media and processes. This will be supported by sketchbooks, observational studies and relevant experiences of art, craft and design. Students will gain more autonomy as the course progresses and this will enable them to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures with increased independence. The course provides an appropriate foundation for further study of Art and Design or related subjects in Higher Education.


Fine Art is a highly creative and exciting subject that engages students in a wide range of artistic tasks aimed at expanding skills, techniques, knowledge and concepts. Students will investigate a wide range of traditional and contemporary artists and will use this knowledge to develop their own works of art, producing a portfolio of work for assessment. Recent students have enjoyed school trips to Liverpool Art galleries and site visits to develop their photographic skills. Students will learn more about painting techniques, photography, mixed media, installation/sculpture work, acrylic resin casting and will have the opportunity to develop their own artistic ideas and concepts. This is an exciting fast-paced course that equips students with the creative skills required in Higher Education.


This is an extremely stimulating and creative course which is structured to produce an exciting portfolio of work covering areas of Textile Art, Craft, Design and Fashion. Within the portfolio, students will learn and build upon their knowledge and understanding of Textile Design through two set themes. Students will be encouraged to broaden their artistic skills in drawing, painting and photography as starting points for interesting and experimental textile pieces. Students will further experience the design process developing their ideas through textile techniques and experimentation for example in silk painting, dyeing, applied fabrics, pattern and surface embellishment. Students will investigate artists and contemporary designers through a sketchbook with opportunities to visit Art galleries and exhibitions during the course. Many previous students have successfully been accepted on Foundation courses and Higher Education courses in Textile Design, Fashion and other design related degree courses.

Course content

Unit 1 - Portfolio of work

Development of a coursework portfolio exemplifying work carried out during the AS course. Work on a variety of scales, presentation boards, sketchbook

Unit 2- Externally Set Assignment

Externally set assignment containing five exciting starting points. Candidates choose one to develop (5hr exam)

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language


Four Units, two at AS and two at A2

All units marked out of 80

Weighting - AS Level = Unit 1 = 50% or 25% of total A Level marks

Unit 2 = 50% (25% of A level)

A2 = Unit 3 = 25%

Unit 4 = 25%

Future opportunities


There are numerous careers for which an art qualification is most useful, for example non-specialist teaching and many vocational courses. For most careers of a highly specialised nature entry is usually via a university course in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion or Textile Design etc. Students are normally expected to have completed a Foundation Course prior to the degree entry.

Further information


Students will need a grade B or above in Art /Textiles at GCSE, crucial to success is interest, motivation and the enjoyment of Art! Students are expected to generate work outside of the classroom as an essential element of their study. If you do wish to join the course and have not taken any of the subject areas before then you may submit a small portfolio of art related work to the Art department where we can assess your suitability for either courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year