AS outcome A Level Art and Design, A2 outcome Art + 1 from Graphics, textiles, photography or fine art.

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level Art and Design
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


The four assessment objectives are:

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.

Art is a course which enables the students to study the subject of Art and Design in depth looking at building mastering skills be it painting and drawing, graphics or print making. The course is made up of a main coursework unit. The starting point will be the Natural World but this can and should develop into a very personal route depending on the student’s individual tastes and skills. In February year 12’s will received their exam paper. This will be as list of 10 starting points. They will choose one and have 10-12 weeks to develop a portfolio of work towards a final piece. They then get 10 hours to produce their own personal response to this starting point. In Year 13 students then get more opportunity to work on developing their own personal style. The personal project is an extended coursework project leading to a final piece and is supported by a 1500 word statement


Students produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas, including drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image and photography.

For both AS and A-level we encourage students to develop:

  • an appreciation of primary sources and critical appreciation of secondary sources
  • an understanding of issues, themes and concepts that inspire practice
  • an understanding of the properties of different media and materials
  • a range of techniques and processes
  • their own strengths in the subject and identify and sustain their own lines of enquiry


How will it be delivered?

Exam Board: AQA               

Structure of Course: 40% exam, 60% controlled assessment coursework.

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio (60%) - assessed by internal moderation

Unit 2: Exam (40%) – assessed by external moderation

Entry requirements

Grade 6 (or above) in GCSE Art. Four other GCSEs at grade 4-9 including English and maths

Your next steps...

The many and varied fields encompassed by Art, History of Art, Design, Graphics and the Media. Advanced Level Art Students go on to study art further with the aim of achieving a career within Art and Design. This could be any form of design work from Interior Design and Architecture to Product Design. There are also career opportunities directly linked to art such as a Tattoo Artist, Teacher, Lecturer, Commercial Artist or Art Technician. Jobs in the art industry include Art Director, Set Designer, Make up or Special Effects Artist or in the media industry such as Art Editors. Other jobs include Art Curator and Art Therapist. Indirectly, art is an extremely transferrable subject which demonstrates to employers the creative side of a person’s nature.