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Art, Craft and Design A level at Chace Community School

Course description

Students will work within a wide variety of art disciplines and are encouraged to work within the medium which best reflects their skills.  The main areas available to students are drawing and painting, printmaking (lino, silkscreen, monoprinting and batik), sculpture (ceramics, card, wood, plaster, and wire) and photography.  Students are encouraged to attend life drawing classes and other workshops offered by the Art department and outside agencies. 

Critical studies is an integral part of the course and students will be expected to investigate and analyse the work of others artists and use this to inform their own work.

Trips to galleries and museums will be organised, including our annual trip abroad, of which past destinations have included: Paris, Rome, Florence and Barcelona.  We also expect students to visit galleries in their own time. 

Course content

The A2 course is made up of the following two units:

•       Unit 1 Coursework 60%

This component incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose.

•       Unit 2 Externally set assignment

Students will receive the exam paper on the 1st of February and will have several weeks to   complete the preparatory work before they sit a 15 hour exam, which is held over the course of three days.

Coursework is considered to be central to the course and is worth 60% of the final grade. Coursework is produced in lessons and for homework throughout the two years.  Students work thematically on the units, adhering to the following criteria: 

  • A01 – Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. 
  • A02 – Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. 
  • A03 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress. 
  • A04 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements. 

Entry requirements

The Art Department will be pleased to consider all students who have followed a GCSE course in Art and Design.  However we recommend that students obtain a B to a high C grade at GCSE to be eligible, exceptions are considered at the discretion of the Head of Department.  Students who have not followed a GCSE Art course but are really interested in our subject and can demonstrate commitment, will also be considered, however they will need to show us a sample of their work which meets an acceptable standard.  


Students will be continually assessed throughout the course.  There will be formal deadlines which students will be expected to meet. At the end of each term, formal assessment and portfolio reviews will take place.  At the end of the course students will display their course work and exam piece which will make up their final exhibition.  This is internally marked and externally assessed.  

Future opportunities

A Level could lead on to a foundation course which in turn would lead on to a degree course.

There are many courses available in Art and Design leading to a professional and rewarding careers; 

  • Computer Software Design,
  • Ceramics,
  • Industrial Design,
  • Interior Design,
  • Fashion Design,
  • Textiles,
  • Illustration,
  • Graphic Designer
  • 3D Design,
  • Fine Art,
  • Painting,
  • Sculpture,
  • Printmaking,
  • Film Making,
  • Photography,
  • Animation,
  • Theatre Design,
  • Architecture,
  • Art Historian,
  • Medical Illustrator 
  • Painting Restoration 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September