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Art A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

Studying A Level Art and Design will help you to develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive skills. You will have the opportunity to investigate, experiment, develop practical skills as well as aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.

As you progress through the A Level course and learn more advanced skills you will be encouraged to find ways of developing your own personal style and interests. If you have a leaning towards painting, for example, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in this area. The course will enable you to work to your strengths in painting, print, drawing, mixed media and photography. There is an increased emphasis on drawing, which further builds on drawing expectations at GCSE.

Course content

It is important that you cover all four of the AQA assessment objectives;

  • DEVELOP: design ideas and annotation.
  • EXPERIMENT AND REFINE: experiment with media and refine your work.
  • RECORD: drawings, photos and note making.
  • PRESENT: a successful outcome realising intentions.

The emphasis at the start of the course is on a structured skills based project followed by an independent response to an externally set test. There will be an emphasis on selfdirected study throughout the course.

Topics Covered 

The visit to the Sea Front will provide an exciting start to your portfolio of work. The natural and made environment is full of contrasts and hidden forms. Opportunities arise to explore man or animal in the environment. Visual elements will be explored; shape, structure, pattern, colour, texture and form. 

  • Growth and Decay 
  • Surfaces and Layers 
  • Natural Environment (Foliage, Plants, Water, Cell Formation) 
  • Collections 
  • Inside & Outside 
  • Reflections & Impact of Light 
  • Pattern, Form and Structure 

You will have to produce an essay to accompany a piece of practical work, a sketchbook of studies and development of ideas and a final piece of work or a series of related works on a chosen theme or as a result of an artists’ study.

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  1. At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  2. Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  3. Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.



It is very important that you realise that in all the four assessment objectives, the quality of written communication is seen as of equal importance to the visual element. 60% Coursework 40% Exam.

Future opportunities

Many students progress to Art Foundation courses or to Higher Education in a wide variety of fields from Product Design to Fine Art. This course is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue art and design at a higher level but who are not sure which area to specialise in. A good range of practical work is one of the essential requirements for entry into art courses in higher education and institutions are looking for art students who have enquiring minds and an enthusiasm and understanding of all aspects of art and design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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