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Art and Design AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

This is a two year course which will provide a stimulating, creative but structured basis for those intending to pursue Art and Design to a higher level. Art is a popular choice at A Level for those with a strong interest in creating and understanding Art with the determination and enthusiasm to develop that interest.

At TWGGS we follow a Fine Art endorsement which develops the skills of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and alternative media. Pupils are encouraged to develop these skills in a creative, imaginative, intuitive and intellectual way. The experimental, investigative and practical nature of the course develops aesthetic and critical awareness. The structure of the course, which includes either keeping a working sketchbook or planning sheets and analytical writing, encourages sound working practice and the ability to think sequentially.


AS: Coursework Portfolio Externally Set Assignment
A2: Personal Investigation Externally Set Assignment

Enrichment Activities: At A Level for Lower 6th and a few Upper 6th pupils we organise a cultural visit to a city. This gives the pupils an insight into other cultures and enables them to gain valuable information for their own work. Past visits have included Barcelona, New York and Venice. Pupil participation is encouraged but would be optional.

It is expected that pupils studying Art up to this level will visit galleries and exhibitions regularly. Costs are kept to a minimum. Sketchbooks need to be budgeted for and, in addition, a portfolio is essential for interviews. It is also advisable for A Level artists to join extra-curricular life drawing classes that are provided each year.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Full-time.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design (500/2660/4 .
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Crafts, Creative Arts and Design .

Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Art and Design (500/2659/8 .
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Crafts, Creative Arts and Design .

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Art and Design, which could lead onto higher education in a variety of different media or more general higher education courses.

For pupils intending to undertake Foundation or Degree Courses, A Level Art is vital and is relevant to a wide range of careers. These include advertising, working in media, architecture, fashion and textiles, interior design, fashion, theatre, museum, gallery work and of course, working as an artist. Pupils who have aptitude and interest in the subject but do not intend to take the subject beyond A Level, would also find the course rewarding and challenging.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus