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Blessed William Howard Catholic High School Art A Level AQA (Block C) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

This is a course aimed at pupils who enjoy working hard in the subject of Art. It is suitable for students who enjoy drawing and making and those with an interested in art history and studying the work of other artists.

A lively practical course this builds upon skills gained at GCSE. Students start with a comprehensive drawing course, improving drawing skills and widening the variety of materials pupils have experienced. Students will be given a brief with a theme, then follow the departmental process of working, observational drawing, media and materials, design development, critical and historical studies, review and modify and evaluation. Students are given the freedom to explore the direction of their work with careful guidance from staff. They will develop a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of Art, Craft and Design in contemporary society.

Course content

Unit 1: 1: Portfolio

Portfolio of work – 96 marks. 60% of AS.

Unit 2:

Externally set assignment – 96 marks. 40% of AS2:

Unit 3: 1: Portfolio

Portfolio of work – 96 marks. 60% of A level.

Unit 4:

Externally set assignment – 96 marks. 40% of A level2

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).

To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve  at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.

Financial information

Students will be able to purchase their own art equipment from the school suppliers, usually at a heavily discounted rate.  There will be opportunities for visits throughout the course, and the costs will be kept as low as possible.

Future opportunities

Students who wish to pursue a career in any Art or Design area and, therefore, want to continue their studies at Art college, University or Further  Education should apply for this course.

Further information

Progress to Unit 3 and 4 upon successful completion of AS, with a D grade or above.

All key skills are covered.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12CBwAR1