We are offering the opportunity to study the Edexcel specification for the A-level in Art and Design. It provides versatility for individual student artists, from painters to photographers, graphic communicators to textile artists. The course will be a 2 year A-level qualification aimed at students who wish to enter into higher education within the Arts.
The course comprises of two components;
Component 1- A body of coursework driven and designed to be meaningful and of depth to student study.
Component 2- The culmination of the learning process within a preparation portfolio designed to drive the response for a timed exam at the end of the course.
Component 1- Personal Investigation
Component 1 incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points within one broad major theme.
The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification. Component 1 is worth up to a total of 60% of the whole qualification.
This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s).
Students must work within one of the following titles: Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-dimensional Design, Photography.
Component 2- Externally Set Assignment
Component 2 incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus. The Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment theme. During the 15–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment. The Externally Set Assignment is released on 1 February and contains a theme and suggested starting points. Students have from 1 February until the commencement of the final 15–hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies. The 15–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions may take place over multiple sessions
Both components require the successful application of the following criteria for assessment. Students’ will need to cover each objective as they individually account for 25% of the qualification as a whole.
AO1- Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2- Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
AO3- Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
AO4- Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements
Students will be given a mock exam in June of their first year of study, giving practical experience of the Externally set assignment.
Professional context and Careers
Students will gain experience of professionalism as they are required to display their A level work in exhibition format. Visiting artists and visits to galleries could provide expansive experience of the wider world of Art Craft and Design.
Entry onto Arts courses at University and other degree awarding bodies are generally through a combination of grade, portfolio of work and interview. Students will be encouraged to visit art departments and degree exhibitions to get a sense of the standard required, and the type of student who would profit from a higher level course.
The creative industries in this country are the envy of the world, with graduates working in many fields in many countries.
Entry requirements : for this course is normally a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in Art and Design and ‘C’ in English language GCSE. In instances where students did not take GCSE Art or a creative subject, clear and strong evidence in the form of recent sketch books, portfolio or similar may be considered as evidence of enthusiasm and commitment.
Edexcel pride this course as ‘demanding, rigorous empowering and inclusive!’ We agree!