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Exam Board: AQA


Art, Craft and Design at G.C.E level will enable you to acquire the artistic skills, knowledge and an appreciation of its significance. It is a subject that can provide you with great enjoyment and a respect for culture and an understanding of how others see themselves. This course develops your understanding of the art world and introduces you to some exciting areas of contemporary art. You may study for example the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and how they influenced today’s artists like Ghost, Lady Pink, CRASH, and T-Kid.


Assessment is by means of coursework portfolio and an examination unit of work. The coursework components of the course will be examined as an internally assessed unit spread throughout the two years. The examination unit will be done in the March session. Set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. The portfolio unit will be set by the centre and moderated by AQA. The portfolio unit of work candidates should produce a collection of material which exemplifies work carried out during the course. Students should be selective when deciding what to submit for these units The externally set assignments will last from 1stJanuary until the deadline for receipt of marks. Candidates select from a number of starting points During the first candidates focus on developing ideas. The exam, students focus on completing a final piece of work during  hours of unaided, supervised time.

AS Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting

AS Unit and Content Assessment Method Weighting

Unit One

coursework portfolio

Internal assessment and moderated by AQA

60% of total GCE level mark

Unit Two

Externally set exam

Unit two 10 hour exam

Internal assessment and moderated by AQA
40% of total GCE level mark

Complementary Subjects to study at AS

Any subjects would complement Art, craft and design, but English, Media Studies, Drama and science subjects are creative and go well.

Student Views

"I think that studying Art was a great experience at Great Barr. The Teachers were really friendly and they challenged me to achieve my very best. I got an A grade in this subject at GCE".
Alex, Year 12 (2013)

"I found studying art very enjoyable and it has been helpful now I am studying A level Art and Design A level at Great Barr sixth form".
Jordan (2013)

"Without the creative experience I experienced during my art and design course at Great Barr I would find it hard to cope with my University course. You need to think creatively and I developed this in my art and design GCSE and A level art courses".
Paige Archer (2013)

Career Pathways

By studying Art, Craft and Design at GCE you are opening a diverse range of career and further education opportunities, these include:

Higher Education Courses, such as: Foundation Diploma National extended diploma Foundation Degree leading to a BA (Hons)

Design Careers, Work in the theatres, Teaching Art Therapy, Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior design, Visual Communication Advertising,  Digital Film, game and animation, furniture making

Further Information

For further information about this course, or if you have any questions to ask please contact Mr Amos-Plimmer

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