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Art and Design AS/A Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School

Course description

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Art and Design are to enable students to develop:

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic
  • Understanding and critical judgement
  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • An interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
  • Knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries, contemporary and past societies and cultures
  • An awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design



Course content

During both courses you will have freedom to expand and develop a theme through your own lines of enquiry and explore the subject matter, materials, scale and artists of your choice. Through one to one dialogue we seek to enable you to reach your full potential as an artist. It is hard work, but fun!





Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Art or through negotiation with the Art department through a suitable portfolio.



  • Component 1 (personal investigation) = 50%
  • Component 2 (externally set exam) = 50%  

A Level:

  • Component 1 (personal investigation) = 60%
  • Component 2 (externally set exam) = 40%

Financial information

Students in the Sixth Form, who are in need of some financial support, may be eligible for the School’s 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. This is the fund which replaces EMA and has been allocated directly, by the Government, to individual Schools to administer. This funding, however, does not replicate EMA and the amount of money available for distribution is much less. Therefore, we are committed to distributing Bursaries to those students with the greatest need. Eligibility for Guaranteed Bursary Students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year.

This group includes: people in care, care leavers, people claiming income support, disabled young people who receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.

Future opportunities

Many students progress to Art Foundation Courses or to Higher Education in a wide variety of fields from Product Design and Fine Art.

This course is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue art and design at a higher level but who are unsure which area to specialise in. A portfolio including a range of artwork is an essential requirement for entry into higher education art courses.

Institutions are looking for art students who have enquiring minds and an enthusiasm for all aspects of art and design.

Further information

Please contact us on 0208 7801244 or email for further information about this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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      Saint Cecilia’s is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18 years in the Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Wandsworth. The school is highly successful and well-respected with a proven record of high academic standards taught in a caring, supportive and distinctly Christian environment.

      The school respects the unique contribution which every individual can make to the community and seeks to place this contribution within a clear structure which both embraces the highest possible academic aspirations and accepts individual differences in ability, aptitude and level of skills. Saint Cecilia’s is primarily a learning community and its culture of teaching and learning unlocks pupils’ potential for self-fulfillment and prepares them to take their place within adult life as well-rounded responsible and caring people.

      At the heart of the school is its Christian foundation, where Jesus Christ is reflected in every aspect of school life. This is true in the relationships we build, the choices we make, the attitudes we adopt and the goals for which we strive, and as a Christian school we are proud to declare that we exist to “Glorify God Through Outstanding, Enjoyable Education”.

      Our school community is enriched by a committed staff, good discipline and wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities aimed at broadening our pupils’ experiences. We pride ourselves on knowing each child personally, thereby enabling us to monitor carefully the all-round development of each child during his or her time with us.

      Indeed, we want all pupils to look back on their time at this school as the happiest time of their lives; this is what we strive for day in and day out. Our success is also built on the excellent partnerships developed with parents and carers, through which we can promote the kind of education that enables our pupils to prosper and receive the very best educational opportunities.

      Sixth Form

      Life in the Sixth Form is exciting and vibrant with a real sense of purpose. Students are encouraged to study a combination of courses that are most suited to their interests, particular skill set and future career and life ambitions. Students are encouraged to 'think big'  and 'aim high'. We want every student to at least fulfil, if not exceed, his or her academic potential, and there is a real drive towards achieving academic success.

      However, life in the Sixth Form at Saint Cecilia's offers much more than that. It is our desire for students to achieve their academic potential, but equally we want students to leave here having successfully managed the transition from child to adult, and to have developed the skills, abilities, confidence and character to lead fulfilled and happy adult lives and make a valuable contribution to the society in which they live.