Art and Design

Previous students have chosen to study Art and Design at AS/A2 to gain access to higher education courses such as architectural design, textile design, and primary teaching amongst other related visual courses.

At AS level, you will produce two units of work for assessment.  Assessments will be based on your ability to record observations; analyse and critically evaluate sources such as images, objects, artefacts and texts and showing an understanding of meaning and context; develop ideas through sustained investigation, selecting and using appropriate materials and analysing outcomes; and realise your studies in a final piece or pieces.

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At A Level, students are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of study than at AS.

Assessment:

AS – One year course

Component 1 – you will be expected to produce a portfolio of work within an unlimited time period.

Weighting – 60% of the AS grade

Component 2 – is an externally set assignment which consists of a preparatory period leading to a 10 hour unaided, supervised time where students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Weighting – 40% of the AS grade

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.  Marks are submitted by the 31st May.  Visits will normally take place in June.

A2 – Two year course

At A Level, students are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of study than at AS.

Component 1 – Personal Investigation.  This is a practical investigation supported by a written response of between 1000 and 3000 words.

Weighting – 60% of the A2 grade

Component 2 – is an externally set assignment which consists of a preparatory period leading to a 15 hour unaided, supervised time where students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Weighting – 40% of A-Level grade.

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.  Marks are submitted by the 31st May. Visits will normally take place in June.