Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade 7 in Art GCSE

What will you learn?

A-level Art follows the same structure as the GCSE, however you will get to deepen your skills, creativity and understanding of art, artists and techniques.

You will:

  • Develop ideas
  • Explore and learn about artists
  • Experiment with different materials
  • Refine ideas and processes
  • Create personal outcomes

The course aims to develop key skills:

  • Intellectual, imaginative and creative thinking skills
  • The ability to investigate and analyse
  • Independence of mind
  • The ability to develop and communicate your own ideas
  • The enthusiasm and enjoyment of art, craft and design

What does the assessment look like?

Component One (60%)

Personal project, ending in a final outcome (same Assessment Objectives as GCSE). Personal written study (1000 words continuous prose).

Component Two (40%)

Personal project (same Assessment Objectives as GCSE). This is in response to an externally set title/theme and you have 8 weeks to work on this. Final piece to be completed in 15 hour assessment period.

Choose this subject if you...

Are interested in learning to think creatively, explore new materials and develop your art skills. This A level is not just for those who wish to study Art at university. This is a subject that helps develop independent, creative and critical thinking skills, in preparation for university and your future. You can use this subject to show that you are a well-rounded and creative university applicant, who is able to think and work independently.

What can an A-Level in this subject lead to?

Students taking Art & Design can go onto study Art at university, complete an Art Foundation or any number of other degree options. This could include:

  • English
  • History
  • Media
  • History of Art
  • Languages
  • Sciences
  • Geography
  • Film

Recommended Reading

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

The Girl With The Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier

The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde