Art and Design (A Level)

Exam Board: AQA

Course Outline

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that use a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to drawing, painting, photography, graphic arts and textile arts. Subject knowledge will be developed through research, the development of ideas and making, working primarily from first-hand experience. Students are required to participate actively in their course of study by making an independent trip to galleries, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry.

Content & Assessment

Component 1 – Personal Investigation

  • No time limit 60% of A-Level
  • Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material.

Component 2- Externally Set Assignment

  • Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time
    40% of A-Level
  • Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format and then students produce their final outcome within the supervised time


Students can progress to Foundation courses in Art and Design and/or a full Art related degree. Art is a great platform for many careers including a Fashion or Graphic Designer, an Illustrator, Architect, Interior Designer, Gallery Curator, Photographer, Art Therapist as well as careers in Teaching, Advertising, Multi-media or working freelance!

Staff Contact: Mrs Deller-Meakings:

Entrance Requirements


  • Grade 6 in GCSE Art and Design.
  • Grade 5 in English Literature.


  • Grade 7 or above in GCSE Art and Design.