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Art and Design A level at The Becket School

Course description

Art and Design is both a form of communication and a means of expression of ideas and feelings.   It forms a language which complements those of the literary, mathematical, scientific and factually based subjects.

Art and Design, through the opportunities it provides for personal expression, encourages imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical and problem solving abilities. Study of the subject will lead to a fuller understanding of Art and Design and will widen cultural horizons and understanding. The A level is a demanding course and students need to be well organised and motivated to work with initiative and independence.

The course is suitable for:

  • students who wish to undertake further studies in art, craft and design at a higher level;
  • students who are looking to take up careers for which an art background is relevant; e.g. publishing, architecture, advertising, museum/gallery work;
  • students who have an interest and aptitude for the subject but who do not intend to pursue it beyond AS/A Level.

Course content

The A2 Components are:

Component 3: Personal Investigation.

This component is in two parts:

(i) A practical project in which you are expected to develop a personal investigation based on a theme, idea, issue related to Art and Design which will result in a finished piece.

(ii) A Personal Study of approximately 2000 words which is linked to and supports your chosen focus of study.

The two parts are assessed as a whole. Your work will include: initial drawings and photographs; critical and contextual material related to your theme; development of ideas; experiments with materials and techniques; finished piece(s) using at least 2 media; a written study of approx. 2000 words.

Component 4: Externally Set Assignment

You will be given a choice of themes set by the exam board, from which you will choose just one. You will need to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and a high level of technical skills and creativity when producing your personal and original outcome.

This component includes 15 hours of controlled assessment in which you produce your final piece for this component.

The work you hand in should include: experiments with materials and techniques; drawings and investigations relevant to your idea; understanding of the work of appropriate artists; development of ideas; a final piece.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for AS/A Level Art are an aptitude for, and interest in, the subject, and a Grade B in GCSE Art.


Component 3 – Non-exam assessment (60% A)

Component 4 – Externally set assignment (40% A)

Future opportunities

The range of Art and Design Degree Courses is extensive, covering the 4 main areas of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textile and Fashion Design, and Three Dimensional Design, each of which subdivides into numerous more specialist areas of study.

Students who wish to pursue a career in Art and Design, or who wish to develop their interest further, would apply for entry to a Foundation Course in Nottingham after completing GCE Levels. Entry is dependent on interview and a folder of work completed during the A Level course. The purpose of the Foundation Course is to broaden experience so students are prepared for, and can make an informed choice of, a further course of specialist study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Becket School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016

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