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Art and Design A Level at St Hilda's Church of England High School

Course description

The first half term will begin with a series of intensive teacher lead workshops to introduce new skills and develop existing ones. Students will then be encouraged to work with increasing independence to initiate and investigate their own area of focus. Students will develop their practical skills as well as their thinking skills, demonstrating a visual language and personal response. Students will be taught through practical workshops, individual tutorials and target setting, group critiques, discussions, gallery and museum visits and lectures.

At A2 students are expected to take greater ownership of their work, negotiating individual targets and deadlines.

Course content

- ‘Back to basics’ skills in a broad range of material areas including drawing, painting, 3D, photography, digital, installation and conceptual art.
- One major extended project that meets all the assessment criteria.
- Critical thinking studies, analysing and interpreting artists’ work.
- Visits to galleries and museums in Liverpool.
- 60% coursework, 40% exam with a minimum 8 weeks preparation.
- Interim and final exhibitions of work.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art at grade C and above. Pupils who have not done GCSE but who can demonstrate a commitment to Art and Design will be considered. Students must be prepared to invest time into this creative but demanding course. All pupils will have to pass a trial period at the beginning of the course.


Coursework plus an externally set examination.
A2 students also write a personal study of between 1,000 and 3,000 words.

Future opportunities

The creative industries are one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing industries. Art and Design is an extremely rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable course with a wide range of possible career paths; many students choose to continue Art to Higher Education after A Level and we have an excellent track record of our students getting a place on the course of their choice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Hilda's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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