Art & Design

Explore your creativity and open yourself to the possibilities that art and design can offer you in your future, on a course that is designed to develop the artist in you.

Work includes the creation of a portfolio of work that will include experimental drawings and at least one project. Projects allow you to freely demonstrate and communicate artistic interests, curiosity, creativity and personal skills in art, craft and design.

Advance work at A Level involves students embarking upon a personal study allowing for greater focus and the development of skills. This is supported by 1,000+ word contextual document. Exams in Art and Design are normally substantial, 10 hours (2 days) at AS Level and 15 hours (3 days) at A Level.

Course Overview
Year 1

Component 1: Portfolio. Portfolio of work based on an idea, concept, theme or issue which must include work in two or more of the following areas: Fine Art, Graphic communication, Textile design, 3D design, Photography. 
Component 2: Externally set assignment.

Year 2

Component 1: This is a personal practical investigation into an idea, issue concept or theme, supported by written material. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions leading to a finished outcome or series of outcomes.
Component 2: Externally set assignment.


Many students progress to Art Foundation or Degree courses to Higher Education in a wide variety of fields from Product Design to Fine Art.


The Arts is the UK’s third largest industry and students may aim to join the world of work as graphic designers, illustrators, typographers or become painters, textile designers, fashion designers, photographers to name just a few. However, all companies realise that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business.

The Art course is a breath of fresh air from all my other subjects. It lets me use my creativity and there are so many routes to go down, it doesn’t limit you in any way.

Georgia (student)

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

GCSE Art – C grade or portfolio at teacher's discretion


Portfolio - 60 % 

Eternally Set Assignment - 40%

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Trips to local and national galleries and visits from local artists and galleries through outreach programmes.


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