Art And Design - A Level (Aqa) at The Cotswold Academy
About the syllabus:
Art has never been more relevant. Employment in creative industries has grown at double the rate of the UK economy and the sector continues to be an important growth area for the future.
Many of our students have gone on to prestigious art foundation, degree and postgraduate level courses at world renowned schools, such as Central St Martins College and the Slade School of Art, studying Fine Art, Photography, Illustration, History of Art, Graphic Art, Architecture and Fashion. They have then gone on to take their places in the creative sector.
Tutorial style lessons have an informal but purposeful atmosphere, very similar to an art college environment. You will be encouraged to follow your own interests – whether that be in painting, drawing, photography, film, printmaking, sculpture or mixed media – and supported in your learning journey with one-to-one guidance.
Our students benefit from designated A Level studios in which each student has their own workspace and the freedom to come and go in free periods to create additional work.
In addition to Art we offer an in-house enrichment course in Photography and History of Art may also be available. Close engagement with artists is an essential part of the course and our students benefit a great deal from our annual art trips and visiting artists.
AS units in Year 12
Unit 1 This is a portfolio that includes a complete project.
Students choose from a variety of starting points. Finishing in January, it is internally marked and externally moderated - 50% of AS Level 25% of A2 Level
Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment.
This is a project in which students choose a starting point from themes on an exam paper. It includes a 5hr ‘Ideas Day’ in controlled conditions. Internally marked and externally moderated - 50% of AS Level 25% of A2
Level A2 units in Year 13
Unit 3 Personal Investigation into an artist/theme of the student’s choice. Internally marked and externally moderated - 25% of A Level
Unit 4 Externally Set Assignment.
Students choose a starting point from themes on an exam paper. It includes a 15hr exam in which the final response is completed. Internally marked and externally moderated - 25% of A Level
A* - B at GCSE or a strong portfolio of work that demonstrates ability interest and a passion for the subject.
Drawing skills are important as are the ability to work independently, research, experiment and develop ideas.
Entry Criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.