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Art A Level at Norton College

Course description

In this qualification, students explore the use of drawing for different purposes
using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work. Students explore
relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and
design, from the past and more recent times. This is integral to the investigating
and making processes. Students will be taught to be aware of the importance of
process as well as product in order to hit the attainment objectives.

Course content

In Component 1, students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and includes a written piece work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words. This supports the practical work.

In Component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by the exam board, toproduce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Entry requirements

GCSE or equivalent: 5 A*-C.
English and Maths - C or above.
Specific - B in subject area.


Internal and external assessments measure how students have achieved using
the following assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and
processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realizes intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

In A Level, unit 1 counts for 60%, and the externally set unit 2 for 40% of the qualification.

Future opportunities

This qualification is versatile as it is both academic and practical. They are excellent choices for those interested in careers in the rapidly expanding
creative industries sector. Careers also include: architecture, fashion design,
graphics, advertising, illustration, multimedia design, textiles, interior design and
many more.  Previous students have gone on to study at Cumbria University, Leeds Met., Bath University and Yorkshire Coast College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton College directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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