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Art and Design A Level at Ashington Community High School

Course description

This course is for those students who particularly enjoy working with a range of fine art media, techniques and processes. You will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times including European and non-European examples. This will be integral to the investigating and be making process.

Students will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Underpinning all this will be the use of sketchbooks, workbooks and journals.

Course content

Component 1: Personal investigation
Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, concept or theme, supported by written material. This will begin in term 2 of Year 12 so that students have a body of sustained work to submit. This is 60% of the A Level.

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment
Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specific time constraints (15-hour exam usually in May, over 3 days). They develop a personal and meaningful response which addresses all assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. This is 40% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

Students will need to achieve a B grade in GCSE Art. You will need a broad base of practical skills and the confidence to experiment with a wide variety of materials. A good understanding of ICT is essential to manipulate images and carry out thorough research.

You will be expected to research and collect information independently in the form of sketchbooks, photographs, notes and analytical drawing. You will need to be able to manage your time well and make full use of the facilities both during study periods and after school. Projects will require you to visit exhibitions and art galleries.


The course is 100% practical and will be delivered in a variety of ways, from teacher-led to interactive student presentations.

You will be given one-to-one tutorials and take part in group critiques to prepare you for college and university.

Students will be required to work maturely in their own time showing strong determination to succeed.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Art & Design is recognised as being extremely important by colleges, universities and employers. A Level Art & Design can lead to further opportunities to study Higher Education within the field of Art & Design. The course develops confidence in ideas, opinion and creativity required for employment outside of an Arts specialist. All our students have successfully gained places to study different art pathways at higher and further educational institutions.

Possible careers include:
Media, IT, Film and Theatre, Graphics, Advertising, Photography, Teaching, Management, Business, Fashion Design, Product, Industrial, Textiles, Architecture, Animation, Curator

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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