Board:  AQA

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to develop artistic skills and to pursue the appreciation of Art in its widest sense. Students will study different artists and cultures and make personal responses to those studies.

Course Details

  • AS Level   100% of the total examination

There are two units at AS level over one year

Component 1 – 60% is called the Portfolio component, because it is seen as a possible preparation for a degree in Art. Students will produce a collection of work which includes at least one extended project and may include other examples of practice aimed at developing particular skills or extending their knowledge of other artists or craftspeople.

Component 2 – 40% is the externally set assignment in which candidates respond to one of five starting points. Work is undertaken between February and May culminating in 10 hours of supervised time in which they complete a final piece of work.

  • A’ Level   100% of the total examination 

There are two units at A’ level over one year

Component 1 – 60% is called the Personal Investigation - Students are required to produce a practical investigation and a written study of 1000 - 3000 words linked to the project work.

Component 2 – 40% is the externally set assignment in which students respond to one of eight starting points. Work is undertaken between February and May culminating in 15 hours of supervised time in which they are expected to fully realise their ideas.

Assessment Methods

Units are marked internally and moderated externally.

Each unit is marked out of 96. 

Coursework Requirements

All of the work is considered as coursework, with time allocations being implemented in component two in each course.

Entry Requirements

The requirement is seven GCSE passes at A* to C including Art at grade B or above.

The skills needed are an ability to draw accurately to a good standard, an understanding of developmental studies and an ability to evaluate the work of other artists.

Teaching Approaches

The course follows the GCSE approach, which is based on one project which requires a main piece and a collection of preparatory work.

Careers and Support Subjects

AS and A level art can be useful for a career in Graphics, Management, Marketing, Interior Design, Architecture, retailing, Teaching, Advertising, Fashion and Product Design to name but a few careers where the creative mind is necessary.

Additional Information

The key skills which are developed are drawing, painting, analysis, evaluating, problem solving, independent learning, construction, developing ideas and using a range of media. 

Students wishing to continue Art at A’ level will be expected to maintain positive grades and results throughout the first year. Behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.

Art Successes

  • 100% pass rate at GCSE & A Level
  • Over the years we have entered and won different categories at the Sunninghill Carnival Competition, National Rotary competitions and Christmas Card competitions, local and national.  We are committed to showcasing all pupils work on the Saatchi Gallery website during the beginning of each year.
  • We regularly design the sets for the school's drama productions.

Many of our A Level students go on to Art Colleges and Universities to study fashion, graphics and architecture, such as Central St Martins and Kingston University.