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From September 2015 AS and A-Level Art are to become two separate standalone qualifications. This means that AS results DO NOT count towards the A-Level as they have done with the present A2 course. Students currently studying for the OLD A2 qualification should refer to the existing A2 specification.

 

Year 12                 AS (2 units)

  • Art and Design builds upon those skills developed at GCSE level although it is not necessary for you to have studied art previously
  • You will be taught how to develop your creativity and ideas and to acquire proficient skills in these areas; being creative is a valuable skill in ALL future careers, from fashion to hi-technology
  • Being able to analyse and evaluate your own work and that of other artists will enable you to strengthen your work considerably
  • The course looks at many significant artists and we visit galleries and exhibitions throughout the year. The course ends with our annual art exhibition in the department

 

Component 1:  7242C                     A portfolio of work. It is Non-exam assessment, set and marked by the teacher, moderated by AQA. Emphasis is on the development of understanding of skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Each student must include in their portfolio a selection of thoughtfully presented work, at least one extended collection of work or project based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation.

Coursework:                      96 marks – no time limit imposed

Weighting:                          60% of total AS marks

 

Component 2:  7242X              Externally set assignment – At the start of February a question paper is provided by AQA with a choice of 5 questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. The students response is marked by the teacher and moderated by AQA during a visit to the school, normally in June. 

Coursework:                      96 marks

Weighting:                          40% of total AS marks

Assessed time:                 Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time

 

Year 13 A Level

Component 1                    Personal investigation

Coursework:                      96 marks – no time limit imposed

Weighting:                          60% of total A Level marks

Candidates are required to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1,000-3,000 words

 

Component 2                    Externally-set Assignment – themes set by the board

Coursework:                      96 marks

Weighting:                          40% of the total A Level marks

Assessed time:                 Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time

               

You are expected to have your own materials, an A1 portfolio and, where possible, a camera. Year 13 students have their own art studio. Many of our students go on to the top Art Schools. Studying Art does not limit your horizons - it extends them.

Ms Mo Stockton
Head of Art

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