You will need to have followed a GCSE art course and achieved a Grade 6 or above. Being able to work independently and creatively is essential. You can get advice from your art teacher if you are interested in this course. The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art are to enable students to develop:
• Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
• Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
• Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating ideas, intentions and personal outcomes
• An interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design, working with a broad range of media
• An understanding of the inter-relationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
• Knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and links to the creative industries
• An awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design, preparing students for course content and further education and employment
Component 1: 60% of Final Mark
You will be expected to complete an exciting range of skill based workshops looking at the following areas of study and looking at the formal elements of Art: Painting and Drawing; Printmaking; Sculpture and Lens-Based Image Making.
You develop your Personal Investigation portfolio to a more sophisticated depth and breadth, continuing to work closely with a designated Art tutor who will be responsible for setting and marking your work each week as you are set specific tasks to complete. You will create a personal theme to fulfil the expectations of the unit of coursework. In the summer term of the first year you will be expected to conduct extensive, focused and academic research into your Personal Study with a related written study of between 1000 – 3000 words being completed in the first term of your second year. During this second year, you are encouraged to build upon skills and techniques learnt in order to produce a more considered body of coursework with supporting work and final outcomes. The emphasis is on personal independent creative work, supported by regular tutorials and guidance. Visits to galleries and exhibitions will be used to enhance and develop your work.
All your work is graded by the Art Department before being moderated by an external moderator.
Component 2: 40% of Final Mark
Your final assessment is the Externally Set Assignment which starts at the beginning of February of your second year. You will be given a set starting point or theme and will be expected to develop a body of preparatory work over eight weeks, followed by a 15 hour examination. During the 15 hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment; this is normally spread over three days.
work must cover all four Assessment Objectives and will be marked by your Art teachers before being moderated by an external moderator. We celebrate the work of our students each year with an impressive exhibition.
You will need to have followed a GCSE Art course and achieved Grade 6 or above. Being able to work independently and creatively is essential.