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Art, Craft and Design (A level only) at Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18

Course description


Over  the course of two years you will produce a portfolio of work that will make up 60% of your marks towards your A Level. Throughout the production of the portfolio you will be asked to investigate a variety of themes, techniques and artists from which to produce a unique final outcome. Initially you will explore a range of experimental drawing and recording techniques and processes using 2D and 3D materials on a given theme. As the course progressess you will be expected to make more independent decisions about the themes and focus of your work as your confidence and experience develops.


The remaining 40% of the course will be based on the work produced during the Externally Set Assignment from February onwards in Y13. Simply put, you will be asked to choose a theme form the list provided by the exam board and develop an independant research project around this. You wil be expected to make a final piece that responds to the initial theme in a 15 hour controlled assessment at the end of which your course will be complete.




You need to be a comitted student and be willing to put in extra time and effort to complete work outside of lesson time due to the nature of the work in order to achieve a high grade and acquire a high level of skill

Course content


You will study across such themes as Still Life, Natural Form, Portraiture and others of your own choosing along side learning skills in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, 3D, ICT, Photography, Ceramics, Mixed Media to name a few.

All work that you complete will be presented on boards, design sheets or in a sketchbook as is appropriate to the theme of study of each project.



You will be expected to create work across the spectrum of Art, Craft and Design to show a broad skill base.

Entry requirements

General entry requirement:

Students should achieve GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics plus 3 further GCSE grades 9-4 (or grade C in non-reformed qualifications) AND meet the individual subject specific requirements.

Ideally Art or Design Grade 5



All produced project work and study visit work will be assessed for your portfolio which will be worth 60%

One Externally Set Assignment worth 40%


Financial information

There is a cost element to the course, owing to the high volume of materials used.

Future opportunities

  • Foundation Course
  • Art BA or BSc (in all disciplines of Art)
  • Graphic Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Professional Fine Artist
  • Architecture
  • Design-based careers

Further information


To discuss this course, please contact our Team Leader of Art and Design, Miss R Heaton

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18 directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2018
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