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A Level in Art at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

The world of visual communication is an important part of contemporary society. It encompasses a wide variety of different disciplines which is ever expanding with the development of new technology. It ranges from the traditional aspects of art i.e. Fine Art (in which we encourage students to incorporate their own photography and ICT manipulation of their own photograph), Painting, Sculpture and Architecture into commerce and industry in the form of Graphic, Interior, Product, Textile, Fashion, Engineering and Computer design. More recently Film, Television and Media are at the cutting edge of avant garde Art today. Doing AS/A-Level Art is an important step in understanding and being critical of our visual culture which is currently one of the most dominant forms of communication on a global scale.

Course content

The course is broken down into 3 Units. These include 1 Unit in Year 12 for AS Level and 2 modules in Year 13. Please note AS and A-Level Fine Art now stand alone as independent qualifications
Extra classes are held after school on Wednesdays and the department has an open door policy where students can come in their free time to do extra work – this is in fact essential to achieve a good AS/A-Level grade; also, visits to galleries and museums in London need to take place in students own time. Students are also encouraged to research recent exhibitions independently. Students are offered the opportunity to partake in the design of theatre sets for the annual school productions as an enrichment activity.

Entry requirements

It is preferred that you achieve a Grade B at GCSE and you fulfill the Sixth Form entry requirements. Students should have an enthusiasm for Art that relates to their other AS/A-Level subjects or in some cases will be channeled towards an artistic education. Students must be prepared to research, visit museums and galleries, be up-to-date with current exhibitions, make independent decisions and be aware of the cultural value of Art and Design.


Exam Board/Syllabus: OCR - H161
Year 12
Unit 1 Controlled test – 100%
Year 13
Unit 1 Specialist project including a personal study – 60%
Unit 2 Controlled test – 40%
The Research and Specialist Projects are more practically based where students are to use a wide variety of different media and

Further information

For further information contact Ms F Loughrey, Head of Art

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS and a further 1 year for A Level