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Art, Craft and Design GCE AS Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is divided into coursework and examination. The coursework project lasts for around 4 months. During this time you will be introduced to a wide range of materials, techniques and artists to develop ideas and generate personal final pieces. This will include drawing, painting, print-making, collage, mixed-media work, and three-dimensional work. To help your ideas you will research into a wide-range of artists, designers and craft artists to understand their work and use of visual language. As the coursework project progresses you will have the chance to work more independently to develop your creativity, understanding and practical skills, as well as increasing confidence in your own ideas. The exam is a theme set by the exam board which you will respond to as a whole project (with a small timed element towards the end). Throughout the course you will also increase your ability to explain and articulate the thinking behind your ideas through written notes and group discussions.

Course content

(AS) Unit One: Coursework

This unit is about producing evidence which reflects your skills in a wide range of techniques and media. You will also have to show that you can respond creatively to different assignments by producing alternative ideas and interesting outcomes.

(AS) Unit Two: Externally Set Assignment

This unit requires you to develop your skills from unit one in response to a set theme from the exam board. This will culminate in a short, timed, practical examination (8 hours).

Entry requirements

• At least a grade C in GCSE Art and Design or a Merit grade from a Level 2 Art qualification. • This is much more demanding than GCSE. • Visits to museums, art galleries and exhibitions. • To further enhance your portfolio and artistic ability, Life Drawing is offered as additional enrichment.


Your sketchbook and portfolio of work will provide the evidence you need to pass the course. This must be supported by written explanations and statements about your work, and the links you have made to other artists.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year