This is a two year course which is designed to develop the general skills accrued at GCSE level to the advanced stage. Y12 is an exploratory year for the students to exercise skills to a higher level and to take risks to enable greater confidence and understanding to occur. The students create two projects from September to February and from February to May. The first project is ‘Freechoice’ from a list of possible starting points and evidence is produced for the four Assessment Objectives as required at GCSE level. The second project is a Mock Exam Project carried out in parallel with the A level students. The work produced is regularly assessed and feedback is given to enable the students to review and refine their progress, but the scores are not entered to the exam board.
In June the students begin the A level course with a series of drawing and painting workshops which develop confidence with observational skills. There are also trips to Sheffield Hallam University Arts Degree shows and to the Chesterfield Art Foundation Exhibition. This is designed to broaden their outlook on possible future experiences in the Creative Industries. We also visit several major Art Galleries in London to help initiate the ‘Personal Investigation’ Project. This results in a large-scale artwork, which is exhibited in the Chesterfield Schools Art Exhibition in October. The students then create their own project responding to experiences in the summer by providing evidence for the four Assessment Objectives. Feedback is regular and consistent to enable effective reviewing and refining to take place to ensure that students are performing to their required level for UCAS applications. This project is worth 60% of the final award and the students know what scores have been achieved.
At the beginning of February the External Assignment Project begins with the same format as before. The students create evidence for the four assessment objectives till early May when marks are submitted to the exam board. The final piece requires three full days in exam conditions to produce work in 15 hours. The students will get regular feedback to support their progress and ensure that they are meeting their own independent targets. In line with Ofqual requirements, the students will also know the scores that they have achieved at the end of the project.
Exam Board: AQA Art & Design (Fine Art)
For further details please visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design