Art and Design

Our Course

EDEXCEL: A Level Art and Design

This course encourages students to develop:

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and judgement
  • An understanding of the relationships between art and artists and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary societies, and in other times and cultures.

Course Content

Component Assessment Duration Weighting

Component 1

Personal Investigation

A body of work produced in response to a
theme chosen by the Art Department
5 Terms 60%

Component 2

Externally Set Assignment

A body of work showing development of ideas,
based on a student’s chosen starting point, from a given theme
Approximately 8 weeks of preparation
time followed by a 15 hour exam, over 3 days.

Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed to these criteria.

They Must:
Develop Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
Explore Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops
Record Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress
Present Present a meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

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Looking Further Ahead

Art can open the door to careers in Graphic Design and Communication, Advertising, Furniture Design, Jewellery Making, Photography, Architecture, Interior Design, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Surface Pattern Design, Web and Game Design and many more.

From last year's Art A level group, 4 of the 5 candidates achieved grades A*-A. Alice went to study Textile Design at Leeds, and Lauren has gone on to do an Art Foundation course at Ravensbourne College.