A Level Art is suitable for pupils who not only enjoy creating art but who can apply themselves and show interest in developing Art beyond GCSE.
The AQA Board offers a versatile course where pupils follow an integrated practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of media and processes. This syllabus is intended for pupils who wish to pursue, extend and develop their studies in Art and Design to a greater depth than required for GCSE. The specification advocates that all good art work stems from solid, analytical observation drawing and this is adopted by the department wholeheartedly. It combines the necessary breadth and depth of study with the freedom of choice required to accommodate a wide range of abilities, resources and staffing specialism’s.
Pupils are required to produce a portfolio unit for the first year and then, add a further unit in the second year that will make up the body of work to achieve the full A Level. There is also an externally set assignment.
This course requires commitment from pupils as the need to work independently outside of lessons is essential. Visits to galleries, exhibitions and museums are also expected.
- Component 1
Candidates are required to submit a collection of work based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. The unit should show evidence of thorough working processes and must address all four assessment objectives.
- Component 2
Comprises of a preparatory period when pupils carry out their initial research and investigations, followed by 10 hours of supervised time.
- Component 1- Personal Investigation (60% of A level)
The emphasis of this unit is on self directed study based on a personal issue, idea, concept or theme of their choice. Pupils must demonstrate evidence of greater maturity and depth in skills, knowledge and understanding gained at AS. This must be supported by 1000–3000 words. Internally marked and moderated by AQA by a visit to the centre.
- Component 2 –Externally Set Assignment (40% A level)
This unit is set by AQA, internally marked and moderated by AQA by a visit to the centre. It comprises of a preparatory period when pupils carry out their initial research and investigations, followed by 15 hours of supervised time.