Unit 1: Coursework. Coursework themes are set throughout the year, and will allow you to engage with a wide variety of artistic themes, techniques and materials.
Unit 2: Timed Assessment. The exam board will set a general topic area (e.g. 'Combinations & Alliances') on which you will base a project, creating work under timed conditions (8 hours). Appropriate guidance is provided during the preparation period, encouraging an independent development of intention, ideas and response.
Unit 3: Practical Work & Personal Study. In this unit you will undertake an in depth study of a chosen artist, style or idea, producing a document integrating images and words (1000 words minimum). The practical element of this unit will consist of a body of work from a self-negotiated focus, building on your strengths with materials and techniques.
Unit 4 Timed Assessment. The exam board will set a general topic area (e.g. 'Exploration & Discovery') on which you will base a project, creating work under timed conditions (12 hours). Appropriate guidance is provided during the preparation period, encouraging an independent development of intention, ideas and response.
On this course, you will certainly develop your technical skills with brush, pen, pencil and other less conventional media, but you will, more importantly, start to look at the process of how to be creative, how to pursue your own ideas, and integrate and build on other people's work to push the boundaries of the materials you are working with.
There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment. Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed. The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.
The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus. There are specialised facilities equipped with industry standard resources and a suite of Apple-Macs for digital editing. Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.
The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.
For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.
Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.
Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.
In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.
There are no additional formal entry requirements for this subject. However, places on the A level Art course are subject to a two-week initial assessment period.
The course is an excellent starting point for more advanced studies in a variety of creative subjects, and can lead to career routes including art, graphic design, fashion design, animation, illustration, product design, advertising and marketing. However it also provides transferable skills for any subject or career path requiring innovation and the ability to problem solve.