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A Level Art

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 1
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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Over two years of study you will complete two components entitled:   

Component 1: Personal Investigation and Component 2:  Response to an externally set assignment.  

You will begin the course with a short ‘skills based’ project in the first Autumn term to prepare you for study at A  Level.  

You will base your Component 1 investigation on a personal interest, issue or theme and through this you will engage in research and explore materials, techniques and processes, producing work evidencing development of ideas and critical/cultural/contextual references.  Alongside your practical work you will enhance your ideas through annotation and through a 3000-word essay which reflects your interests, insights, decisions and intentions, showing critical understanding and analysis of work investigated and undertaken.   

You will produce a series of ideas and a final outcome(s) for this component.  

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment  

The externally set assignment is aimed at assessing students’ ability to work independently in response to a chosen starting point taken from the examination paper in your second year of study, carrying out investigations, developing ideas, realising your intentions and making appropriate and relevant connections to critical/contextual material.  You will have 15 hours to complete a final outcome(s) under examination conditions.  


How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

A GCSE grade 5 or above in Art and grade 5 in English Language.  A strong GCSE portfolio. Students should be highly motivated and expect to complete many tasks independently. You will need to have the ability to sustain and fully investigate a theme and explore your ideas through a broad range of media and materials.  

Students should be able to write analytically and express their thoughts and ideas throughout the course using appropriate terms

Your next steps...

The course supports many of the other courses in the ‘Arts’ and is suitable for students who wish to go on to university to study an Arts based course as well as preparing you for an Art Foundation course prior to university.  Careers in Art and Design are many and very varied from Architecture to Fashion, Illustration, Animation, Surface Design, and all the Fine Art disciplines.  Further study and career opportunities - Possible degree options 2D and 3D animation; 3D design; Applied Arts; Architecture; Art history; Art therapy; Ceramics, Digital media; Fine art painting; Fine art printmaking; Fine art sculpture; Game design; Illustration; Industrial design; Interior architecture and design; Visual communication; Visual effects for film and television. 


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