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Art and Design A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Please see our prospectus on the school website for more information.

Course content

A2 students will be expected to complete:

Personal Investigation - You will select an area of study from starting points given by your teacher. Your work could be presented in a number of forms, from a structured sequence of drawings/ paintings/ photographs/ 3D objects, to a visual and written analysis (maximum 3000 words) or a tape/slide, video or multimedia presentation.

Controlled Test (15 hr) - This will be a response to a question set by OCR. You will be encouraged to explore and express ideas through various media of your choice. Having carried out your research over a period of time, 4 - 6 weeks, you will be required to produce a final finished piece of work in a 15 hour period.

Entry requirements

All students must have at least a C grade at GCSE level, in either Fine Art or Textiles to join the course.



OCR set out very clearly ,four assessment objectives in the areas of skills, knowledge and understanding which students have to demonstrate through all aspects of the course .The assessment objectives are the same for both AS and A2. Students are given their own copy of the assessment criteria early in the course when it is also explained to them what needs to be completed to achieve the higher grades.

Future opportunities

Career prospects include - Illustrator, Product Design, Tattoo Artist, Fashion Journalist, Fashion Designer, Textile Artist, Art Therapist, Interior Designer, Stylist, Merchandiser and many more.

Further information

Students are able to take Textiles and Fine Art as separate subjects, enabling students to achieve 2 A Levels. So Fine Art can be studied alongside Textiles if desired. The Department is extremely well equipped and staff are keen that the studios are available for Sixth Form use outside lesson times. Students are encouraged to continue working during their free time and also during lunchtimes. The facilities are also available after school on negotiation with staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year