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Art and Design A Level (Block C) at Walton High School

Course description

In the Art department we offer the new 2 year full A Level.

The full A level in Art & Design is a 2 year course with 1 Externally Set Assignment (exam) at the end of the second year.

This is a new course for students who want to study Art to a higher level and is ideal for those who want to go on to study an Art related course at University.

Course content

The A level course is made up of 2 components that stretch across the 2 years:

Component 1 - Personal investigation (60%)

1.     Practical work

The Personal Investigation is an extended practical project based on a personal response to a theme or starting point. Students will generate ideas and experiment how to express them through a variety of materials and processes. They will develop and refine their ideas through experimentation and research into different techniques, styles of art and the work of other artists.

2.     Personal study

This is a separate piece of critical and analytical writing (1000 words) making links to the student’s own Personal Investigation, and supported by artists research and references. Through the personal study, students will demonstrate understanding of relevant social, cultural and historical sources. Students will also express personal interpretations or conclusions and use technical and specialist vocabulary.

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (40%)

This is an externally set assignment from the exam board. Students will produce another practical project in the same manner as their Personal Investigation, developing their skills to a higher level in response to a starting point set out in the exam paper.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Art & Design GCSE

5 GCSEs grade A* - C


Students will be expected to submit all their preparatory studies (sketchbook work) and a final outcome that will be completed in a Controlled Assessment (15 hours).

Future opportunities

The course is aimed at students who wish to study Art to a higher level. 

Career opportunities include: Graphic Design, Architecture, Publishing, Teaching, etc.

Further information

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 January 2017
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