Year 12

AS/A Level Fine Art: Painting & Drawing (AQA) / Art, Craft & Design (AQA)
It is recommended that students will not be entered for the AS at the end of Year 12 in order for the most successful work to be carried forward into Year 13 and for students to be entered for the full A-Level only.  However, any student not wishing to continue through to the full A-Level can still join the course and be entered for the AS certification.  Staff will have regular conversations with students about entry and any final decisions will be made in discussion with the students/parents in March of Year 12.
The course is divided into Unit One: Coursework and Unit Two: a mock exam
Unit 1 - Coursework
Personally selected theme, through which you will research, investigate and develop ideas, using media and scale. Critical studies will inform your work with artist ideas and
techniques. You will produce several large pieces and a final outcome in January of the course.
Unit 2 – Mock Exam - Coursework
You will be able to start your exam ‘theme’ from February onwards and will sit an exam in May. You must demonstrate your investigative skills by developing ideas and exploring visually. All work should be subject to on-going critical review. All four assessment objectives must be present in both the coursework and the exam.

Year 13

Unit 3

These two will be assessed under one assessment grid. Both will be interlinked and support each other.

a) Practical work
Ideally you should follow through experiences and ideas developed in Year 12. However, you may, if you choose to, adopt a different subject matter. You should demonstrate the ability to resolve issues and ideas through a wide variety of media scale and materials. Contextual analysis and connections should be used to inform your own creative ideas.

b) Personal study
You are required to research, evaluate analyse and establish coherent and sustainable links between their own practical work, with that of critical and historical references. You should select artists’ work, methods and/or Art movements appropriate to your practical work and produce a 1000-3000 word illustrated dissertation. The submissions for this unit must address fully all four assessment objectives.

Unit 4 - External exam

There is an external exam at the end of Year 13. There is a preparatory period of 8-10 weeks, concluding with 1 x 15 hour exam (taking place over multiple sessions).
  • Independence
  • Creativity
  • Willingness to explore media and take risks
  • Formal elements – line/tone/texture

There are visits to national galleries in both Year 12 and 13. There are also opportunities to work with local artists on school workshop days.

For further details please contact Mrs Baker.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.