A Level

A Level

 AQA - Art and Design at A-Level

2012/13 Results:

100% of students achieved A*-C grade in Art & Design

85.7% of students achieved A*-C grade in Photography

88.8% of students achieved A*- B grade in Art & Design 

71.4% of students achieved A*- B grade in Photography

66.6% of students achieved A* or A grade in Art & Design  

42.8% of students achieved A* or A grade in Photography


The Art and Design department at A-Level provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. We use AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) as our chosen examining board because they offer a wide range of art specialisms as well as fantastic administrative support to help us to ensure students are given the best possible opportunity to succeed in their qualification. We offer two courses at A-Level: Art, Craft & Design and Photography: lens-based and light-based media.

Art, Craft & Design

A-Level Art, Craft & Design is an open and enabling course which suits students who enjoy the freedom of working in many different media and developing ideas using a wide variety of techniques and processes.  

Students are required to work in at least two of the following areas of Art and Design. They may overlap and combine areas:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Photography: lens-based and light-based media

 

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Photography: lens-based and light-based media

A-Level Photography: lens-based and light based media is a course focusing on digital photography and Adobe Photoshop manipulation. We offer a fine art and commercial approach to image making. This course encourages students to use imagination and creativity to record the world through a lens.

Students are required to work in one or more area of Photography, such as those listed below. They may overlap and combine areas:

  • portraiture
  • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
  • documentary photography, photo journalism
  • experimental imagery
  • photographic installation, video, television and film

 

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AQA A-Level Specification Summary for:

Art & Design and Photography: lens-based and light-based media.

AS Level

UNIT 1 - Coursework Portfolio

This is a portfolio of work which will be facilitated by staff to encourage a variety of different ideas, techniques and processes in each chosen course. Students will be directed to explore a range of artists, designers and crafts people to inspire a broad base of skills. The development of this unit will prepare students to explore their own ideas, themes and concepts towards a personal final response.

UNIT 1 = 80 marks (50%)

UNIT 2 - Externally Set-Assignment

Students will be given an externally-set assignment in the form of an exam paper which will contain eight exciting starting points. Students will choose one question and have 8 weeks to research and develop work. At the end of the 8 weeks students will be invigilated during a 5 hour exam period, during which time a personal response to the development of their work must be completed.

UNIT 2 = 80 marks (50%)

A2 Level

UNIT 3 - Personal Investigation

This is a personal investigation of work in which students will develop a response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choosing using a range of practical art, craft & design techniques and processes. Practical work must be supported by a 1000-3000 word essay in this unit. The essay is a piece of writing which explains the research and development of ideas in students' work as it progresses. The emphasis is still on practical work, with an opportunity to clarify ideas, concepts and thought processes through writing. All the work for this unit will be marked as a whole.

UNIT 3 = 80 marks (50%)

UNIT 4 - Externally Set-Assignment

Students will be given an externally-set assignment in the form of an exam paper which will contain eight exciting starting points. Students will choose one question and have 8 weeks to research and develop work. At the end of the 8 weeks students will be invigilated during a 15 hour exam period,  during which time a personal response to the development of their work must be completed.

UNIT 4 = 80 marks (50%)

AS (50%) + A2 (50%) = A Level (100%)