Art A Level at Cowley International College
Our staff members nurture students’ artistic abilities and
provide a vast amount of experiences to enable a student
to develop their own personal sense of creativity and style.
A-level Art is an academic subject and therefore, Further
Education colleges and universities acknowledge the level
of research demanded of the individual in the completion of
the personal study.
We, in the Art Department, are focused on developing a
student who is confident to choose which artistic pathway
they wish to follow. We use the AQA GCE A-level Art &
Design course as we believe our students deserve to study
the art discipline they prefer; a student may choose to study
one of the endorsed courses such as Fine Art or Photography.
The GCE involves working on a choice of two different levels:
AS 1 (1 year)* or A-level (2 years) which allows students to
produce a portfolio of work – Component 1. Component 2
is the externally set examination which equates to 40% of
the final grade. Each student has a review every half term in
which their work is assessed and areas for further investigation
are discussed and encouraged. Students are expected to
be, or very quickly become independent learners and
thoroughly investigate areas of Art which they find
Students who choose AS must be aware that they will not
then continue their studies towards the full A-level.
There are three staff members in Art and each is a practicing
artist; they are passionate about their own work and
preferred discipline. Our department has consistently
magnificent grades because of the expertise and high
expectations of our staff and students and the amount of
teaching time devoted to individual learners.
Students will only be considered for A-level Art & Design if
they have achieved a Grade B at GCSE Art or a related
subject, i.e. Textiles, Graphics or Photography.
If a student has not studied any of the above subjects since
Key Stage 3 and are interested in taking A-level Art, then
they must have a very strong portfolio of work that includes
examples of an excellent drawing ability, photography work
and examples of artist research + a minimum Grade C (grade
5) in both Mathematics and English.
Our students have a fantastic record of progressing on to
Further Education colleges and universities, regardless of
their chosen discipline, whether it is Advertising, Architecture,
Theatre Design, Costume Design, Events Management,
Sculpture, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Games Design or Film/
A-level Art & Design is for students who want to take control
of how the world will look in the future – from the buildings
we occupy (architecture) to the clothes we wear (fashion
design) to the items we buy (product design) – everything
must be designed!
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.