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Key Stage 5 Art

Within the Art department we offer a broad range of courses that really prepare students for university and higher education.  Many of our students choose to study Art at higher educational institutions and, out of those who have applied, 100% have successfully gained a place.  Students have gone on to study degrees and foundation courses at such places as Ravensbourne, Kingston, Greenwich, Camberwell and Central St Martins.  The high success rate of students gaining places at university is down to the strong links with different higher educational institutions and encouraging students to take advantage of the benefits available such as Saturday School, Summer Schools, portfolio workshops and short term specialist skills courses, most of which are available through the prestigious University Arts London. 

 

A-Level Art and Design

Changes have been made to this course in line with the government’s new curriculum regulations. The A-Level Art & Design course is now a two year linear course with an exam at the end of Year 13. We use the exam board AQA.  The course is made up of two components.  Component 1 is a coursework component worth 60% of the overall mark, whilst Component 2 is an externally set assignment, worth 40% of the overall mark.  Students begin the course with the transition programme that introduces them to the standards and expectations of A-Level Art.  Students then go on to explore ‘Threshold Concepts’ in Art and Design; these will give students a broad range of skills and knowledge to enhance their understanding and practical abilities so they are then able to begin Component 1.  Component 1 is a project based on a theme of their choice.  This will start at the end of Year 12 and continue into Year 13 until the 1st February - this is when all the coursework is submitted and students are given the externally set assignment.  The final exam is 15 hours spread across 3 days but there will be a mock exam at the end of Year 12.  The result of this is used to inform predicted grades for the UCAS application.  There is a written element to the course which is compulsory and informs the final mark.  Students require a B grade in GCSE Art and Design to gain a place on the A-Level course.

 

A-Level Photography

Changes have been made to this course in line with the government’s new curriculum regulations. The A-Level Photography course is now a two year linear course with an exam at the end of Year 13. We use the exam board AQA.  The course is made up of two components.  Component 1 is a coursework component worth 60% of the overall mark, whilst Component 2 is an externally set assignment, worth 40% of the overall mark.  Students begin the course with the transition programme which introduces them to the standards and expectations of A-level Photography. Students will then go on to explore ‘Threshold Concepts’ in Photography; these will give students a broad range of skills and knowledge to enhance their understanding and practical abilities so they are then able to begin Component 1.  Component 1 is a project based on a theme of their choice. This will start at the end of Year 12 and continue into Year 13 until the 1st February - this is when all the coursework is submitted and students are given the externally set assignment.  The final exam is 15 hours spread across 3 days but there will be a mock exam at the end of Year 12.  The result of this is used to inform predicted grades for the UCAS application.  Students do not require a C grade in GCSE Art and Design but it certainly benefits their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students require a C grade in English as there is a strong written element to the course. 

 

Level 3 BTEC Diploma

The Level 3 BTEC Diploma is a vocational course worth two A-Levels.  The course thus takes up double the amount of timetabled hours as A-Level.  BTEC Art and Design is recognized by higher educational institutions and is a valid way of progressing onto university courses.  The course is 100% coursework but there are no opportunities to re-submit after the end of year final deadline. The course is divided into four projects, two in Year 12 and two in Year 13.  Projects are individually led by specialist teachers who draw from their own degree based subject knowledge.  The four disciplines include Painting, Drawing, Textiles and Ceramics.  Because the BTEC course is vocational there are many trips and visits to galleries, exhibitions, museums, and artist’s studios.  Professional artists also come to the school to deliver workshops and discuss their own careers.  Students require a C grade or above in GCSE Art and Design to gain a place on the BTEC course.