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Art and Design at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form

Course description

This course is intended for those students who wish to pursue, extend and develop their studies of Art and Design to a greater depth than that required for GCSE.

Course content

The AS course forms the first part of the full A Level course, with both courses aiming to accommodate a wide range of styles and abilities and allow students to work with a variety of media.  These courses also aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of the place of Art, Craft and Design in history and contemporary society.


Self-motivation and a strong desire to learn are essential if students are to be successful.  In addition to class time, students are expected to spend an additional 5 hours per week on Art coursework out of lesson time.


The course is mainly structured to allow and support individual progress, with much of the teaching being on a one to one basis.  There will be, at certain times, group workshops on techniques and group discussions where everyone has individual input into each other’s project development.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE including a good pass (at A or B grade) in Art.  Students with a lower grade, or those who have not taken Art GCSE, may be admitted onto the course if they can demonstrate their ability, interest and commitment to the subject through a substantial portfolio of artwork.

Financial information

Although materials are supplied in College, students are expected to provide some of their own materials for independent study.  The approximate cost will be £150 in Year 12 and £150 in Year 13.

Future opportunities

AS and A Level Art and Design is a good combination with Photography, Textiles and Graphics, particularly if a student is interested in pursuing a career in Art and Design.  Students who have studied Art and Design at Uplands have gone on to study Foundation Art and Design courses at Hastings and West Kent College.  It is also a good route for anyone interested in Media or Filmmaking.  Possible careers include Book Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Fashion Journalist and 3D Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Wadhurst is situated on the Kent/Sussex border seven miles (11 km) east of Crowborough and about seven miles (11 km) south of Tunbridge Wells.  It is also within easy reach of Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.


      There is limited parking available on the College site during the day.  Visitors travelling by car may prefer to park in the public car park, which is situated next to the Greyhound Pub in the High Street, adjacent to the College. 


      Uplands is a Community College and we have a Sports Centre on-site, which is open to the public and a Youth Centre across the road.  The entire College site, including the Sports Centre is a non-smoking environment. 

      The College is:

      • Within easy reach of the A21


      • Approximately 1 mile from Wadhurst Railway Station


      • Served by bus routes from the surrounding towns/villages


      • Located within the centre of Wadhurst; Sixth Form students are permitted to visit the local shops during study periods and break/lunchtime