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Art and Design A Level at Harris Academy South Norwood

Course description


The A Level is also made up of two components:


Component 1 incorporates two linked elements, Part 1: practical work and Part 2: personal study, a submission of a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words.

The investigation and development for both the practical work and personal study will be shown through supporting studies.

In this component, students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.

Students can submit any Personal Investigation work from their AS course with their A Level Personal Investigation work if they wish.


The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point set by the exam board. Students will develop preparation over a period of time and sit a 15 hour examination under controlled conditions.?

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in Art and Design GCSE, and at least a C grade in English GCSE. Students maybe invited in for a course discussion with a portfolio of artwork. Please see the Generic Entry Requirement Document for more details.


60% of marks come from the Personal Investigation component; 40% of marks come from the Externally Set Assignment component. Both components are assessed at the centre and then externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Progression to Higher Level Courses in Art and Design is normally through application to a Foundation course at Art College before applying to a degree course in a specialist area. Some students can apply direct to a degree course. Studying Art and Design for its own sake develops transferable skills, which can take you into employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy South Norwood directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2017
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