AS and A-Level Art

This course builds on the foundation skills developed over the GCSE Art & Design course by exposing students to deeper and more sophisticated subject matter, techniques, materials and processes in regards to developing their own Art and/or Design work. At least a grade 7 in GCSE Art & Design (any endorsement) is required by students wishing to take Art & Design. Students will need to confirm by the half-term in year 12 whether they are taking AS or the full A-Level course.

The course offering includes access to a range of endorsements:

Art, Craft and Design
A broad-based course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media associated with two or more of the titles below.

Fine Art
Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.

Graphic Communication
Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, interactive media (including web, app and game design), advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television.

Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation).

The example areas of study in each title above are neither compulsory nor exclusive.

Course Delivery:

Both AS and A-Level are delivered through 2 distinct coursework units.

Component 01: Personal Portfolio
Learners should produce:
(i) a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the learner or centre.
(ii) At A-Level students are required to produce an accompanying related written study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words, maximum 3000.
96 marks
non exam assessment (internally set and assessed and externally moderated)
60% of total AS/A- level

Component 02: Externally set task
The early release paper will be issued on 1 February and will provide learners with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.
A response should be based on one of those options.
96 marks
Supervised time for outcome 10 hours for AS, 15 hours for A-Level
non exam assessment (externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated)
40% of total AS/A-level


Each component is assessed against the set Assessment objectives (AOs) which are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A-level Art and Design specifications and all exam boards.
The assessments will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. 
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Associated Careers and Progression:

The department is very successful in placing students on Higher Education courses across a range of disciplines and specialisms leading to futures in areas such as Architecture, Fashion, Photography, Illustration, Graphic Design, Advertising, Animation and Fine Art. There are a range of exciting opportunities within the Creative Sector for aspiring students.



The Art Prefects assist in many ways; running the Art club, Photography Club, Art History Society and a GCSE mentoring system.  Students also contribute to the very popular ‘Artist of the Week’ program.

Regular trips are undertaken, to galleries and museums. During the October half term, the department runs trips to Artistic hubs across the world.  Previous destinations have been Amsterdam, Florence, Copenhagen and Berlin.  Every summer there is an exhibition of Sixth Form Art, recognised as outstanding by examiners, parents, governors and students alike. Gifted and talented pupils are directed towards courses and workshops, and we are involved in many extracurricular activities throughout the school.

Full details of the A Level Art course can be found at :