Art and Design AS and A2

This course provides you with a focus on art and design practice and the integration of theoretical knowledge and understanding.

You will have an opportunity to develop your ideas through experimentation with a range of materials, media and processes. Graphic design will be an element of this course.

What Will I Learn?

The AS course is divided into two separate units: Unit 1 provides opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources. You will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine your ideas, presenting your outcomes.

Unit 2 is an external set assignment with a broad based thematic starting point which will enable you to work more independently in the development of ideas, intentions and response.
The A2 in the second year of study also covers two units: Unit 3 incorporates two linked elements, each with separate final outcomes: Practical work and Personal study. The investigation and development for both the Practical work and Personal study will be shown through supporting studies.
Unit 4 is the Externally Set Assignment which represents the culmination of the A2 course. The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point with the emphasis on research and independence in the development of ideas and outcome.

Entry Requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including Art or evidence from an artistic ability in the form of a comprehensive portfolio verified by the Art teachers.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.


You will be assessed by 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignments.

Career Progression

On successful completion of this course most learners progress onto a one year Foundation course and then to university, for courses in a wide range of degree subjects.

Further Notes

AS Photography
AS Media Studies
AS Film Studies
AS English
BTEC Built Environment
AS Drama

This subject is part of the full time A level Programme. To apply for this subject you need to apply for the A Level or Combined Programme

A Level Programme - You will need to choose 3 or 4 AS Levels to study the A Level Programme

Combined Programme - You will need to choose 1 or 2 AS Levels combined with a vocational option. Vocational options include: Applied Science, IT, Business, Criminology, Law, Sports and Exercise Sciences, or Health and Social Care.

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Course Details
Level:Level 3
Mode:Course Subject/Option
Start Date:05/09/2022
Day(s):Full Time - To be arranged
Course Code:GEF302NL
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