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Art and Design

Exam Board - AQA

Course Content

This course takes an adventurous and an enquiring approach to art and design.  Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas.  The course is structured on two units for the full A-level certificate. Year 12 will act as a period to develop skill base and personal style, whilst completing outcomes that will be submitted for the A-Level coursework unit.

                Year 12

  First year of A-level course



Component 1

(Some work

completed will be

submitted towards the

60% of A- level)



2 sketch books

Display boards

Studies experimenting with different materials and techniques such as

painterly, photographic, sculptural and print.

3 or more resolved pieces across a range of media.

Component 1


Teacher set



Pupils responding to centre set theme

10 hour test piece

2 resolved pieces, 1 in test time

            Year 13


Component 1

60% of A-level

Coursework -



Study of a chosen area with practical outcomes.

1 written response in either book, folder or typed in essay format that

supports a personal project documented in 1 or 2 sketchbooks –

minimum of 1000 words. 3 or more resolved pieces.

Component 2

40% of A-level



Externally set theme

15 hour test piece

3 resolved pieces, 1 in test time



Methods of Assessment

Year 12 Component 1 will be internally set and marked, with staff assessing outcomes against national standards for the examination board; this will result in a department awarded grade.  Year 13 Component 1 will be internally set and marked, then externally moderated.  Year 13 Component 2 is externally set, internally marked and externally moderated.

In May/early June of each course year, students will need to present units for internal (Yr12) or external (Yr13) moderation.  This will take the form of an exhibition.  Each student will be allocated one or two panels of display screen and a table.  Both components must be submitted for Year 12 and both components for the A-level.  (The exam piece and supporting work and the complete coursework units).

Assessment is based on the ability to:

  • Develop ideas through sustained investigations and exploration
  • Analyse and evaluate critically, showing understanding of purpose meanings and contexts
  • Record in an appropriate manner
  • Present a resolved response which realises intentions

The four assessment objectives above are the same for both years.  The written investigation element assesses pupil's written communication, use of specialist terminology and ability to express ideas fluently.

Other Information

Students need to visit galleries, museums and art centres regularly to inform their research and knowledge.  A wealth of knowledge can be acquired from the media.  A constant awareness of, and an interest in visual information, will be helpful and stimulating to the development of coursework.  A gradual collection of art equipment is essential to create breadth to the range of work undertaken.

Entry Requirements

GCSE 6 Art, 6 Graphic Communication, 6 Photography