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Art & Design A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

You must enjoy working in a creative way and will need to have good organisational skills. You need commitment and enthusiasm for this area of study. You will be given the opportunity to develop your ideas in a range of ways including Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Graphic Design and Textiles. You will have the opportunity to attend life drawing classes in order to enhance your portfolio. You will be encouraged to work in the art faculty during your free lessons.

You will have the opportunity to attend trips and will be encouraged to visit galleries in your own time. You will need to spend 4-5 hours a week working on your sketchbook.

Course content

Following a teacher directed skills project you will work on a self-directed practical project called the specialist project, including a written and illustrated art history project and a series of linked practical outcomes. You will also complete a 15 hour timed test and a 10 hour mock exam. 

Entry requirements

You would be expected to have achieved a good pass, (B or above) in GCSE Art and Design and have an APS of 4.5 or above.


You will be marked on observational drawing skills, development of ideas, contextual awareness and realisations.

Coursework 60% included 1000 word + written research project that is worth 12% of the final mark.

15 hour Practical Exam sat in sessions over a three week period worth 40% of the final mark

Further information

This course can also be taken in combination with Textiles, Photography or Graphics but due to the similar deadlines and structure you may wish to take advice if you plan to do this.

Students will need 2 x A3 sized sketchbooks per year. You will need to have some of your own equipment such as a folder and some paintbrushes. 


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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