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Art A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The A-level course has been up-dated and improved to offer students greater opportunities for experimentation and development in their current art work to both AS and A2 level. The new format has been designed to encourage greater independence in a student’s artistic practice by reducing the number of units but increasing the length of time allocated to each one.

The A-level course is comprised of 4 separate units (units 1 and 2 leading to the AS qualification, units 3 and 4 leading to the A2 qualification.

Course content

Unit One COURSEWORK PORTFOLIO
This is 50% of the total AS marks and 25% of the total A-level marks This will involve thematic practical work which enables candidates to familiarise themselves with materials, techniques, research strategies, including the effective use of ICT. There is now more scope in this unit for experimentation and development.

Unit Two AS EXTERNALLY – SET ASSIGNMENT
This is 50% of the total As marks and 25% of the total A-level marks.
This takes the form of a theme-based question paper from which candidates select ONE of 5 possible subjects as starting point for their own programme of study. Supervised time – 5 hours.

Unit Three PERSONAL INVESTIGATION
This is 25% of the total A-level marks
This is a further practical unit of coursework with written elements. Candidates may opt for a greater or lower written element of between 1000 – 3000 words. This unit is a personal investigation of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers and craftspeople.

Unit Four A2 EXTERNALLY – SET ASSIGNMENT
This is 25% of the total A-level marks.
This takes the form of a theme-based question paper from which candidates select ONE of 8 possible subjects as starting point for their own programme of study. Supervised time 15 hours.

Entry requirements

Students must have a good grade GCSE in art (A*to B) and should have an understanding of the basic elements of art - colour, tone, form etc. and some understanding of the place of art, craft and design in the world. Above all a student should have an interest in creating and understanding art and the determination to develop that interest.

Future opportunities

The A level art course is a very important stepping stone to an exciting future. There are many careers related to Art, for example, careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing, fashion, and the media. It is important to note that design related work is the second largest money earner for Britain after the retail industry. The study of Art can also help to develop ‘transferable’ skills that will be of use in any career or job,which are too many and varied to explore here.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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