Art & Design

Course title Advanced GCE in Art & Design (Art, Craft and Design)

Exam board AQA

Subject specific entry criteria Grade 7 in GCSE Art

Course overview

Assessment overview

Year 12 – Coursework Portfolio

  • In Year 12 students will explore fundamental aspects of Art & Design in preparation for Year 13 such as:
  • Developing ways of working – workshop style activities to develop skills and understanding of techniques
  • Engaging with the works of artists and developing links (practical and critical) to their own work
  • Exploring independent directions within work
  • 5 hour practical exam (internally marked)

Year 12/13 Component 1: Personal Investigation.

For this unit you are required to use personal starting point(s) to produce a major project that shows you working through a range of art and design experiences. You will include a personal study, related to your coursework theme of between 1000 and 3000 words.

Year 13: Component 2: Externally Set Assignment.

From an early release paper, you will choose one starting point. During the initial planning and preparation stage you will demonstrate the ability to record, plan and develop ideas and complete a final response under controlled conditions in 15 hours.


Component 1: Personal Investigation (Assessment in June Year 13)

60% of A Level

Out of 96 marks

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

(Assessment in June Year 13)

Preparation Period from Feb + 15 hours supervised time

40% of A Level

Out of 96 Marks

Future progression

Art combines well with other creative A Level subjects, and is an essential requirement for Art and Design courses at Art Colleges and universities. There are many opportunities in our design conscious world for careers using skills you will develop.

Many students who wish to continue their Art and Design education complete a year-long Foundation Diploma. This gives you the opportunity to explore a range of different disciplines such as painting, sculpture, graphics, animation and fashion before deciding on the most suitable degree course to develop your skills even further. Alternatively, some students decide to go straight onto a creative degree following the development of a portfolio of work demonstrating their best skills and ideas. There are numerous Art and Design degrees on offer, and during your A Level course we will ensure that you find out what is out there through Open Days, visits from ex-students, a UCAS Design your Future fair and through personal experience.

The competition for places on the best degree courses is fierce. You will submit a personal statement and an online portfolio prior to the offer of an interview. To give yourself the best chance of success you need to demonstrate that you are forward thinking, passionate, committed and highly skilled.

Potential careers

Within a £100billion sector there are many creative employment prospects. Here are a few:

  • Acting
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Architecture
  • Graphic/Fashion Design
  • Art/Crafts
  • Film
  • TV/Radio/Broadcast production
  • Photography & Video
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Museums/Libraries/Art Curation
  • Writing
  • Theatre
  • Music

How to succeed in Art and Design

You will:

  • Have excellent and refined artistic skills and a commitment to developing these skills further
  • Have an ability to research, refine and engage with creative work to develop a project independently and thoroughly
  • Have a genuine interest in current exhibitions and artist practice
  • Be able to develop ideas and connect with current practice.