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A Level Art, Craft and Design at Meadowhead

Course description

A Level Art, Craft and Design


Course content


What does the course involve?


This is a broad course that enables students to work in a variety of art disciplines and mix them together in their work. You have to study and produce work in at least 2 areas of Art, Craft and Design. These could be Fine Art (drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and experimental forms of art), Graphic Communication (illustration, digital techniques, photography, typography and animation) and Three Dimensional Design (ceramics, sculpture and other forms of 3D creative work.)



Details correct at time of issue, specification may be subject to change.  Contact Ms Bellingham for more information.’ 

Entry requirements

Students undertaking this course will be expected to have gained normal entry requirements plus at least a GCSE 5 or a Btec L2  Merit in an Art and Design subject.


Year 1 (or AS)


Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of textile media, processes and techniques.


Component 1: Portfolio (60% of AS)

  • Portfolio of Art, Craft & Design work which exemplifies work carried out in year 1.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of AS)

  • Preparatory period plus 10 hours supervised time


Year 2 (full A Level)


Students are required to build upon knowledge, understanding and skills gained in year 1 with greater depth of study.


Component 1: Personal Investigation


60% of total A-level marks

  • Personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme.

  • Supporting written work 1000 – 3000 words linked to the practical work.

    Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

40% of total A-level mark.

  • Assignment set by AQA

  • Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time



How will I be assessed?

Each component is internally marked. AQA moderators will then visit to check the marks are in line with national standards.

Financial information

Students will be expected to purchase specialist materials required for their individual projects.

Visits to galleries and museums will be undertaken throughout the course, students may be expected to contribute towards admission fees, travel and accommodation.

Students will be expected to equip themselves with basic Art equipment to be used on portfolio work at home.

Future opportunities


This course is an ideal choice for students wishing to progress to Art related courses in further/higher education.

Further information

Where can I find out more information?


See Ms Bellingham, Meadowhead Art & Design Department.

AQA website: Search for A-level qualifications / Art and Design. All the specifications are there.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September