Curriculum Leader

Ms K Ashcroft

Awarding Body

OCR Course Specification

Entry Requirements

Level 5 or above in GCSE Art
OR a minimum of Merit in BTEC Art and Design

Why choose Art?

Art is a form of communication and expression: a visual language. If you choose to study A Level Art you will develop your skill and creativity as an artist and your understanding of art.

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What will I learn in Year 12 and how will it be assessed?

In year 12 you will initially work on a skills induction project, which will lead into an individual project covering all 4 assessment objectives.

You will then begin working towards Unit 1: The Personal Investigation, which is a sustained Art project of your choice, incorporating a written essay.

This is a new specification subject. The school’s policy is that students enrolling onto new specification courses will not be entered for external AS examinations at the end of Year 12. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and the ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

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What will I learn in Year 13 Art and how will it be assessed?

In year 13, Unit 1: The personal Investigation continues until Christmas. This incorporates an educational research visit to art galleries in London.

You will then begin work on Unit 2: The Controlled Assessment, which is an externally set assessment, which culminates in a 15 hour exam.

This is a ‘new specification’ subject. The overall result for each student completing this course to full A level standard will be based on the final Year 13 A level examinations only. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and their ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

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How will I learn?

In lessons there will be a range of group and individual activities relating to artists' works, techniques and ideas. You will receive individual feedback and support several times a week.

You will learn through opportunities to develop:

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
  • An interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
  • The experience of working with a broad range of Fine Art media
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Art is recognised and accepted by universities for degree courses in a range of subjects. It is essential if you wish to continue your education in painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphics, textiles and fashion and is advantageous if you wish to study Architecture, Interior Architecture or History of Art.

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There are a variety of careers paths that A Level art leads to, for example Advertising, Media, Games Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Museum Archives, and Curator.

The Arts and Culture economy creates 694,700 jobs across the UK, 6,910 cultural businesses contribute £28 billion each year to the UK economy. Jobs in the creative and cultural sector are expected to increase by a third by 2020.

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Further Course Information

Students who achieve the highest grades are those who are open minded to new ideas and skills - which visit Art Galleries, research and collect resources in their own time and become more independent learners. The Art teachers are always around to support the students at lunchtimes and after school.

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