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Poetry and Rhetoric

The specification followed at A-Level is AQA Art and Design.

Link to AQA website. 

To study Art, Fine Art, Photography or Textiles at AS/A level or at IB it is not essential to have studied Art at GCSE level although it is preferable. What is essential is dedication and enthusiasm for the subject.


AS / A2 Course
Candidates take two units of study at AS: Portfolio Unit and Controlled Assignment. A further two units complete the A2 level: Personal Investigation Unit and Controlled Assignment.

Whether choosing to study AS/A2 Fine Art, AS/A2 Photography, or AS/A2 Textiles, we actively promote creativity and personal investigation through the exploration of processes and techniques. This broadens each student’s skills base through a supported and inspirational environment.

Our courses allow creative ability to flourish whilst following a personal journey through a range of practices encompassing many components and methods such as: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Fibre Arts and Photography. The breadth of our courses enable students to develop conceptual and representative themes such as the figure, still life, landscape and location as well as issues based on religious work.  We pride ourselves on going that bit further to help each pupil and we can easily be found in the Art Department outside lesson time to give extra help.

All students will experience a series of workshops in techniques of printmaking, construction, colour and the application of paint that will help to extend their skills and enrich their creativity. Students are encouraged to take ownership of individual creative ideas but are supported and guided through development and outcomes.

AS Level
Unit 1: Portfolio Unit: 50% of AS, 25% of A2.
Unit 2: Controlled Assignment: 50% of AS, 25% of A2.

A2 Level
Unit 3: Personal investigation: 25% of A2.
Unit 4: Controlled Assignment: 25% of A2.

International Baccalaureate
Visual Arts is offered at both Standard Level and Higher Level. The core teaching is the same at both levels but Higher Level gives greater depth to experimentation and realisation of intent.

Workshop based projects enable students to explore a wide variety of materials, techniques and processes. They develop skills whilst researching artists and designers across a wide subject base. Individual tutorials and group sessions pinpoint a starting point for personal development. Work evolves as ideas and concepts become realised and documented in a research workbook including research, inspirational images, observational studies, and a variety of experiments and samples. Throughout this process larger outcomes are produced as elements of investigations become more resolved.

This course is formally assessed at the end of the two years by a 30-minute viva [interview] with the external examiner in front of an exhibition of your work. The only real difference between SL and HL is the amount of time allocated and therefore the quantity of work generated by each candidate for the 3 components of the course.

Task 1: Comparative study (External assessment)- 20%

Task 2: Process Portfolio (External assessment)- 40%

Task 3: Exhibition (Internal assessment)- 40%

Link to IB website.