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Art and Design A-Level at St John Payne Catholic School

Course description

Advanced Subsidiary GCE (AS)

Component 1: Personal Investigation (50% of the AS)

You will develop knowledge, skill and understanding of visual language when exploring a theme or area of study. With the help of staff, you will outline your main area of focus. You will be expected to build on and develop your recording skills and demonstrate use of the formal elements. You will experiment with a range of media and methods. You will analyse your own and other’s work, in order to inform and inspire ideas. You will develop and review work, producing outcomes which connect with appropriate contexts.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (50% of the AS)

The question paper will provide you with an externally set theme with suggested starting points. You will have a preparation period, during which time you may discuss your work with your teachers. You will produce an outline or proposal of your main area of focus and intentions. You will then take a ten-hour exam of unaided work. All supporting studies must be submitted. Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • a level 3 GCE Art and Design qualification
  • apprenticeships or other training
  • employment in a related sector

Advanced GCE

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of the Advanced GCE)

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing resolved outcomes. Assessment involves three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.

  • Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed
  • The Personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose and may contain integrated images.

Work for this element requires students to produce an illustrated dissertation/ visual display on a selected aspect of others’ art, craft and design. You will be required to research, evaluate, analyse and establish links between your own practical work for this unit, with that of historical and contemporary references.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of the Advanced GCE)

The question paper will provide you with a choice of questions. You will have a preparation period, during which time you may discuss your work with your teachers. You will produce an outline or proposal of your main area of focus and intentions. You should undertake investigative preparatory work, building on the knowledge, skills and understanding gained from the experience of unit 3. You will then take a twelve-hour exam of unaided work. All supporting studies must be submitted.

Entry requirements

Please note the minimum requirement to study AS levels at our Sixth Form is a GCSE points score of 42 points from your best 8 GCSE results. We award 8 points for an A* grade, 7 points for a grade A, 6 points for a grade B, 5 points for a grade C, 4 points for a grade D, 3 points for a grade E, 2 points for a grade F and 1 point for a grade G.

Subject Specific

AS Level - Preferably D or higher at GCSE

A Level - Preferably C or higher at AS Level

Future opportunities

Artists and designers tend to work in smaller companies, whatever their discipline; Artist, Printmaker, Sculptor, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Product design, Print and Woven Textile Designers, Costume designer, Fashion Designer, 3D Designer, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Silversmithing. They are also typically found in creative roles within industries such as the media, marketing, public relations, arts administration, architecture, arts education and art therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Payne Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

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