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Art and Design A Level OCR at Carre's Grammar School

Course description

The A Level Art course is for those with a passion for Art and a genuine desire to pursue it at an advanced level. The course provides candidates with the opportunity to explore and develop their skills. It requires dedication and commitment, with good time management also being vital for success. Candidates should be prepared to work independently, an important aspect of the course, and able to ensure they can equip themselves with a personal range of materials and equipment. Candidates produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes that are decided and set by the teacher but then developed in a personal direction by the candidate. The course is constructed around observational drawing, with a focus on developing and exploring, using new techniques and media. Analysis of own work and the work of others is also important. Candidates will be expected to broaden their contextual knowledge of artists and as much as possible this should include ‘live’ access to Art in addition to books and internet access.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. In addition, we require a B or above at GCSE Art plus a portfolio review.


A2 Personal Investigation 60% of A2
A2 Externally set task 40% of A2
Each portfolio has 4 assessment criteria; Develop,
Experiment, Record, and Present.
The course requires a very personal and independent
approach. The coursework element, ‘Personal
Investigation’, is decided and set by the candidate
themselves and the practical work is extended by the
inclusion of a written study. This personally developed,
independent project must be constructed around strong
observational drawing, backed up with additional
recordings of ideas and observations in other formats.
Once again dedication and commitment are paramount,
with good time management being vital as well as a
continued development of contextual awareness via
access to artists and their work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carre's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September