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Students are required to:
  • Undertake visual research using primary and secondary sources and record observations, experiences and ideas.
  • Develop intentions, through the realisation of ideas and outcomes exploring and reviewing possible solutions and modifying work appropriately.
  • Understand and use a range of materials, equipment, processes and techniques to develop linked and sequenced work.
  • Know and understand a range of work from art history and different cultures, demonstrating an understanding of continuity and change in art, craft and design.
Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above, preferably including Art.

Recommended support materials and revision guides

Students are encouraged to buy “The Art Book” pocket A-Z guide published by Phaidon, art materials, portfolio and sketchbooks. The use of their own camera would aid course research.

Examination arrangements and weightings

AS Component 1: Art and Design coursework = (50% AS)

AS Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = (50% AS)

Preparation period followed by an 10 hour exam

A2 Component 1: Art and Design Coursework = (60% A2)

A2 Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = (40% A2)

Preparation period followed by a 15 hour exam.


Success in this subject will clearly benefit you if you wish to take up an Arts Foundation course or an associated Arts degree course. Career opportunities include: fine artist, sculptor, ceramicist, graphic designer, fashion designer, visualiser in an advertising agency, set designer for the film industry, games designer and website designer.

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