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Art & Design

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Why study this subject?

Flexibility, capability and creativity have been identified as vital for progress in the world of work in the future. Art and Design links all three with practical purpose, as well as providing a tool for personal expression and growth. Creativity is a form of intelligence and distinguishes those who will form the future we hope to live in.

If you are interested in the visual world and visual culture, Art and Design offers you the opportunity to find your own solutions and produce a personal response.

Which Examination Board?


Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the full A Level.

You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

The coursework and externally set task are marked by the centre then moderated by an external moderator from the examination board.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

Year 12 – AS Level

Component: Personal Creative Enquiry: 100%

The Personal Creative Enquiry consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based   on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work.

Year 13 – A Level

Component 1

Personal investigation: 60% September to February

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. This work can grow out of the experiences from Year 12. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2

Externally set assignment: 40% February to April (Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time) The examination paper consists of a series of visual (including moving image) and written stimuli to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one which they develop in their own direction, including reflective recording, contextual understanding and creative making before realising their ideas in a final outcome.