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Art and Design A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

The course is one of self-realisation and students will set their own subject matter, drawing on the work of other artists and designers for initial inspiration.Students are required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry. Students will be required to participate in group work, regular critical discussion, problem solving, workshops, and compiling ‘sketchbooks’. Keeping journals and visiting exhibitions both with the school and independently. To achieve personal success students need to take ownership of their Art, plan and research carefully and meet all deadlines set.  Art is the search for a personal identity and the ability to communicate that to others through visual images; this will certainly be the aim of an enthusiastic, ambitious and daring student.

The course is designed to be broad based and to encourage an experimental approach. The students will follow a course of integrated practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of media and processes. Students are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE with greater depth of study. This might be achieved by:

Greater specialisation in a particular medium or process
Extended development or particular themes, ideas or issues
Further theoretical research
More vigorous explanation of an inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary approach


Course content

Component 1 - Personal Investigation (60% of total A level marks)

Personal investigation based on idea, issue, concept or theme

Supported by 1000-3000 words

Marked as a whole

Internally marked and moderated by AQA

Component 2 - Externally set assignment (40% of total A level marks)

Assignment issued to candidates on 1 February

Supervised time 15 hours at end of assignment

Marked as a whole

Internally marked and moderated by AQA


Students should undertake at least 5 hours of independent study per week in addition to time-tabled lessons. Students are also encouraged to make use of free time to work in the art studios.

Further information

Students are expected to have basic art materials: Set of sketching pencils to include HB–4B/6B, black fine liner, rubber, sharpener, paint brushes, palette knives, colouring pencils, acrylic paints, A1/A2 portfolio for transporting work home, glue stick, plastic tool box for storing materials, small Tupperware container to act as a palette to enable students to work at home and an overall - (a long, sleeved old shirt is recommended) for all lessons

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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    • We are a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 selective girls’ school offering outstanding education to the girls of Poole and its surrounding area. Founded in 1905 Parkstone has continued to provide excellent academic results within a warm, friendly and vibrant community. We are a six form entry school with 1250 students including 370 in the sixth form.

      Girls at Parkstone are not only encouraged to succeed academically, but to enjoy the wide range of musical, theatrical, sporting, speaking and charitable opportunities.