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Art and Design A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The A-Level Art course offers a rewarding opportunity to pursue the study of the creative process beyond GCSE, and provides an avenue to express your individuality. The specification is linear and will involve AS and A2 units. The AS represents 50% of the A Level qualification with the A2 providing the remaining 50%. The AS may be taken in its own right at the end of the first year.


Course content

The AS and the A2 will be made up of two units with candidates taking four units to achieve the full A-Level. Candidates will be expected to produce evidence of the following:

- Good observational skills using a range of materials and processes will form part of unit coursework. Candidates may also choose to pursue more ‘issue based’ artwork which may involve using alternative materials, installation and more usually new technologies and media.
- A written personal study dealing with the exploration of historical and contemporary references involving first-hand investigation through visits to Art Galleries and Museums (1000 – 3000 words)
- Controlled practical tests of 5 and 15 hours duration, submitting unaided work produced under supervision in a set time period.

Entry requirements

Candidates would usually need a good outcome at GCSE to indicate suitability for the course, ideally a B grade or better.

Future opportunities

The power of the knowledge economy and the European Union’s assertion that they will be the world leaders in creative thinking by the mid part of the next decade, means that the study of art is becoming more widely recognised as the ideal complimentary subject link to core subjects such as Maths and The Sciences. Add to this the UK’s own employment targets around the creative industries and there really has never been a better time to study Art as a preparation for developing a wide and varied vocational skill set.

The study of Art is an ideal pathway in to a range of creative industries including Architecture, Education, Graphic Design, Advertising, Fashion and Film & TV, not to mention the Leisure and Tourism industries, National Heritage and of course the broad spectrum of the arts!

Due to the increasing academic rigour of Art A-level, it is now also considered a viable subject to support entry to a range of other courses including Medicine, Engineering and Law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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