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Art and Design A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

The A-level Art and Design course is designed to introduce students to a variety of experiences exploring a range of media, processes and techniques.  Great emphasis is put upon developing the creative and expressive content of students own artwork as the course proceeds. 

Regular extra-curricular visits are organised to galleries, museums and cultural places of interest. These first hand experiences enrich student’s cultural knowledge and enable them to gain first hand source material to inform and develop their projects.

Course content

An integral part of the course is to explore and learn from the art traditions, styles and skills of contemporary and historical artists and art movements

For Component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by the exam board, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints. For both components students are expected to explore an in-depth journey of ideas in response to their chosen brief/topic, which leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).

To study A Level Art and Design, students are also required to have a GCSE grade C or equivalent in an Art or design related subject.


Component 1 - Personal Investigation

  • No time limit
  • 60% of A-level

Component 2 – Externally set assignment

  • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
  • 40% of A-level

Future opportunities

An Art & Design A-level will support the development of the creative, analytical, and evaluation skills necessary for success in a broad range of careers.  

There is a huge range of Art and Design pathways in Higher Education ranging from textiles, fashion, Graphics, computer animation, sculpture, jewellery design, Architecture, as well as traditional fine art courses.

Some students opt to study either one or two art related subjects because they have already made a decision that their future will be within the field of Art & Design. Many students also choose an Art related subject to support their university applications, demonstrating independent and creative skills which is desired by a wide range of university courses.

Art related courses give you invaluable problem solving skills that can be transferred to other subject areas. Students who are creative in their thinking are able to approach a task in a multitude of ways, experimenting and exploring until they reach an informed outcome. Art teaches you to think with an open mind, find alternatives and tackle any situation with real creativity.

Students from the Southern Consortium who choose career paths in Art and Design regularly achieve places on courses at major institutions such as University of the Arts (Chelsea, Central St Martins and London College of Communication), Kingston and Edinburgh. These students have pursued degree pathways in Art, Fashion, Graphics and Architecture. Over the last few years many of our students have achieved success in obtaining their first choice universities for courses in Art, Design photography and architecture.

Further information


The Southern Consortium is extremely fortunate to have a fantastic partnership with UAL. Our students not only have opportunities to broaden their skills and knowledge of Art and Design through workshops delivered by university tutors but they are also provided with valuable information, support and advice about higher education and possible courses/career routes.

Our students are extremely fortunate to be involved in the following activities and events:

  • Creative pathway workshops delivered by lectures and student ambassadors from UAL.
  • Life drawing workshops delivered by practising artists/lecturers from UAL.
  • Autumn and spring workshops where students experience specialist areas of the creative arts, which include, graphic communication, animation, photography and film. Students get to work with specialist tutors at degree level and experience being a student in the heart of London, at the prestigious Art and Design colleges.
  • Mock interviews in preparation for university
  • Portfolio Advice
  • General higher education advice

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • At the Jo Richardson School, our motto “Success for All” underpins everything that we do at the school and puts the students’ achievements at the centre of our vision.  We have a commitment to the highest academic standards combined with a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities offered to all our students.

      Working with our colleagues as part of the Southern Consortium, sixth form subject staff are well qualified to teach A level and vocational courses and excel in bringing out the best in all the students they work with. They are dedicated to working hard and providing a high level of professional teaching. There are staff responsible for the mentoring and care of students through a tutor group system and a range of opportunities for one-to-one guidance and support.

      We want our students to feel happy, secure and enjoy coming to school. We are committed to forming positive relationships with parents and keeping them informed of students’ targets and progress.  Alongside our extensive range of A level courses we also offer practical, work-related courses. There are opportunities for community service, young enterprise, sport, music, drama, university visits, careers advice and plenty of social events. We provide a programme of academic events for students to improve their study skills, chances of getting to university and self-confidence.

      Consortium Transport

      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.