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About the course:

There are two parts to the A Level in Art and Design, AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A2 (Advanced Level). The AS Level in Art & Design is a one-year course, which leads to a qualification in its own right or it can be counted as the first half of a full A Level course, giving 50% of the full A Level mark.

You will be given opportunity to explore a variety of experiences in a range of materials, processes and techniques. These will include:

  • Drawing and painting, mixed media including collage and assemblage
  • Graphic and Digital Art
  • 3D, relief work and/or sculpture
  • Printmaking

Art A Level students at Mosslands are lucky enough to have a designated sixth form studio to work in, which is equipped with facilities for making warm drinks and snacks. Teachers join students in this space for lessons and students are also expected to use this space during their study periods.

How it will be assessed:

Coursework - 50% of the total AS marks.

A practical Unit of work, set and marked by your teacher, moderated by AQA.

Students will collect a body of work, presented as a portfolio which demonstrates the development of ideas and an ability to work independently and reflectively; honing and developing ideas.

Controlled Test - 50% of the total AS marks.

A range of questions set by AQA of which you will select one. The paper will be distributed in February and then 4 weeks will be allowed for preliminary studies and preparatory work. Candidates will then have a 5-hour Controlled Test. The initial session of the Test will be two hours in duration. This test session is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to work within a set time limit on one piece of work.

Set by AQA, marked by the Centre, moderated by AQA.

In the second year, the course is structured in the same way with 50% of the marks being allocated for coursework and 50% for a controlled test. Unit 3 (coursework) is, in the main, practical with a small written element to support practical work. Unit 4 (controlled test) is structured in the same way as the AS Level controlled test; is 15 hours in duration and is divided into approximately 5, 3-hour sessions.

What is expected of you:

It is critical to your success that you organise your time and work independently in the studio – it does take time to create a good body of work and this cannot all be done in the last few weeks of the course! Therefore, an ability to stick to deadlines and to organise your time is essential!

You must be open to advice from your tutor and from other Art teachers who know the assessment criteria for the course, are trained by the AQA and know how to gain the most marks!

What it prepares you for:

Students who complete an A Level in Art and Design often go on to study Art at a higher level either on an Art Foundation or Art Degree course. Local courses are offered by Liverpool John Moores University and Wirral Metropolitan College whilst for those wishing to study further from home, a wide variety of courses are offered at universities nationwide.

In studying at this level you will gain skills in critical thinking, visual communication, decision making, design, technical handling of a wide range of materials, social communication and personal learning and thinking skills.

Possible career paths to consider with an Art A Level qualification include:

  • Architecture
  • Graphic  Design – Advertising
  • Computer Game Design
  • Theatre and Set Design
  • Metalwork / Jewellery Design
  • Museum Curatorship
  • Film
  • Product Design
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Design

Qualification details:

A Level Art

The AS Level achieved at the end of Lower 6 is worth up to 70 UCAS points.

The A2 Level achieved at the end of Upper 6 is worth up to 140 UCAS points.

Entry requirements:

You will need to have achieved mainly A*-B grades at GCSE.

For more information:

If you have any questions or require further information, any of the Art Staff will be only too willing to assist you - please ask!

  • Ms Robbins
  • Mr Fife
  • Mr Sinclair