A Level Art and Design at Bournemouth School
Art is a form of communication and expression: a visual language, which deals with the construction
and interpretation of both personal and cultural meanings. Attainment in Art is achieved through the
creative development of process, production, reflection and evaluation, leading towards skills,
knowledge and understanding. In the context of this specification, ‘art’ is defined as art, craft and
design; and ‘artists’, craftspeople and designers.
Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities
to explore their interests in a highly personal and individual manner. Art develops visual awareness,
creative skills and aesthetic judgement. Students will gain practical experience in the visual language
of colour, tone, line pattern, shape, texture, form and construction, as well as gaining knowledge of
important artists and designers.
The aim of the AQA A Level Art and Design course is to build upon the creative exploration of
practical and critical/ contextual work through a range of 2D and 3D processes and techniques.
The specification is designed to:
- develop an interest and enjoyment in the study of art and design, fostering its value in
- develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures
- work from personal strengths and interests within the remit of the specification.
Our Sixth Form entry requirement is based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSEs including
English and Mathematics with a minimum of 356 points, with an A*, A or B in the
subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The points used are the Department for Education
(DfE) points - 58 A*, 52 A, 46 B, 40 C, 34 D, 28 E. (Maximum = 8 A* = 464 Points).
Essentially this means that you should be confident of achieving at least 6 B grades and 2
C grades at GCSE (and at least C grades in English Language and Mathematics) before
considering applying for a sixth form place at Bournemouth School.2
There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for
joining the Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be expected to have attained at least a grade
B in the subject that you intend to study at Advanced Level (A-Level). The main exception to
this is for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. To study Mathematics at A-Level we
expect you to have attained an A* or A grade at GCSE, and for Further Mathematics an A*.
These requirements are based upon our experience over a number of years, and how well
Mathematics students cope with the transition between GCSE and A-Level. We recognise
that very few students will have had the opportunity to study Economics, Government and
Politics, or Psychology at GCSE level. To study these subjects at A-Level, we expect you to
have attained at least B grades in closely related subjects. Some subjects do not have any
subject specific requirements (but, you must, of course, have met the requirements of joining
the Sixth Form).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School directly.