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Art & Design (Photography) AS & A Level at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The A Level course will you give you the opportunity to build on your experiences at GCSE within a much more personal and independent journey, supported by the Art staff who will help to tailor the course to your individual skills and aptitude. The course aims to not only develop your practical artistic skills and abilities but also your theoretical knowledge and understanding of photography, art and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures. You will learn how to use critical vocabulary to analyse artwork and express judgements. You will present your work creatively in a sketchbook and use it to keep a record of your research and design developments. You will experiment with a range of 2D and 3D media to create large scale expressive pieces of Art.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved Grade C or above in GCSE Art. As there is a written element for each project, it is desirable to have achieved a Grade 4/5 in GCSE English Language.


  • Component 1: Personal Investigation = 60%
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = 40%

The final deadline for Component 1 is January of Year 13. Component 2 begins in February of Year 13 and concludes in May when the 15 hour ‘sustained focus’ period begins.

Component 2 is an exam unit. You will receive a paper on 1st February containing a theme and suggested starting points. There will be a ‘period of sustained focus’ under exam conditions when you will complete your final design. This is 15 hours in total but broken up over a maximum of 5 days.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Photography, Art and Design can lead on to a career in a specific photography, art based field with further specialist training. These include: interior design, fashion, journalism, theatre, photography, architecture, television, museum and arts administration, advertising, art therapy, conservation and restoration and teaching. A Photography, Art and Design course will also develop many transferable skills which can be applied to and developed in a wide range of higher education courses and career paths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016

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