– You will need to achieve the pathway criteria, please see the prospectus for further information
– You will need to achieve a Grade 5 or above in a GCSE Art, Textiles or a Technology subject
– Students who have not taken an Art subject at GCSE must see the Curriculum Leader of Art before they
apply for the course, to confirm suitability.
AS Assessment Percentage of AS Level qualification = 60% and 40%.
A Level Assessment Percentage of overall A Level qualification = 60% and 40%.
Awarding Body/Specifications: EDUQAS
Advanced Level (A Level): The AS course consists of one unit, a portfolio, whist the A Level course consists of two units, a personal study and a Non Examined
The following units will be covered on this course:
Unit 1 – Personal Creative Enquiry – The emphasis of this unit will be
on the development of understanding the skills, using an appropriate
range of materials, processes and techniques. Students should
produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out.
The personal creative enquiry consists of an extended, exploratory
project/portfolio and outcomes based on themes and subject matter
which are personal and meaningful to the student. The enquiry must
integrate critical, practical and theoretical work.
A Level/Year 13
Unit 1 – Personal Investigation – This unit consists of a major, in depth, practical, critical
and theoretical investigative project/theme-based portfolio and outcomes with
integrated extended written critical and contextual analysis (1000 words minimum).
Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment (NEA) – This assignment consists of Preparatory
experimentation set by the examination board over eight school weeks where you will
explore ideas and experiment in different materials. There will be a 15-hour timed
examination to create a final outcome connecting to the preparatory work. You will select
one of the externally set stimuli and develop it in the form of:
– A personal response
– An issue to address
– A problem to be considered
Advanced Subsidiary (AS): If you choose to study this subject for one year only, you will be awarded the AS Level. You will produce a personal portfolio where you
will build up skills through media workshops leading into your own style.
Progression: This qualification can give you access to Higher Education to study courses like Art Foundation, Graphic Design, Film, Television, Photography, Games
Design, Textile and Fashion Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Product Design, Furniture Design, Theatre and Stage Design, Teaching and Lecturing.
Opportunities: The Sainsbury Centre offers workshops to students which you can sign up to. We encourage students to work in an Art room during their study
time using the available space and after school.
Thorpe High School and Sixth Form is part of the Yare Education Trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales at Trust Central Office.
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