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Art & Design at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Art and Design play a very important part in our everyday lives touching us through areas such as architecture, photography, graphics, fashion, textiles and ceramics.

The course is divided into 2 parts, a course work project and an examination project. Both follow a general theme, the course work set by your teacher and the examination set by Edexcel. In the course you will research ideas through sketchbooks and study sheet work. This research results in a final statement or statements. During the course you will work in painting, drawing, photography and/or experimental work.

Your work will also include reference to the work of other artists and designers. Throughout the two projects you are expected to record your thoughts as the project develops in a set of reviews and plans for further work. This is to clearly express to the examiner your thoughts as your work develops.

We work to a set theme. Teachers will support you in regular tutorials and guide you through the development of the theme, helping you to create your own independent work. I.C.T. also plays an important part in the course and you will have access to a suite of computers to help you extend and develop your visual ideas.

Entry requirements

Four GCSE at grade 4 or above. It is preferable that you have studied Art at GCSE.  You must have GCSE Maths or English at a grade 4 or above.  


Assessment objectives will be discussed as each section of the course is taught. The coursework unit at AS is 60% of the final grade, the examination project is 40%. Students will receive regular reviews of progress with clear advice as to how to improve their work.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

This course develops the key skills of painting, drawing and photography. These provide an excellent preparation for any specialist study or career in art and design. Many of our students go on to complete foundation courses in local colleges. Others have gone into degree courses as different as contemporary art and car design.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years