Churston Ferrers Grammar School

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A Level – Art & Design

Entry Requirements: Art – Grade 6

Examination Board: OCR

Introduction/General Advice and Requirements

Throughout the course, students will develop a working knowledge of materials, processes and techniques within Art.

Fundamental to the course are the major disciplines of drawing and painting. Students will have the opportunity to work in some of the following areas: multimedia experimentation, drawing, painting, stage set design, photography and fibre arts.

Course Content & Assessment

The A level qualification comprises of two components:

01 Personal Investigation: (120 marks) 60% of total A level. The Personal Investigation comprises of two elements.

  • A practical portfolio of practical work, showing a personal response to a theme, brief or stimulus. The use of sketchbooks and A1 development boards are used throughout the course.
  • A related written study of a minimum of 1000 words.

02 Externally Set Task: (80 marks) 40% of total A level.

  • The early release paper will be released on the 1st February will provide students with a number of themes, from which ONE must be chosen.
  • This unit of work will then end with a final 15-hour unaided practical assessment in April.

All the work is internally assessed and externally moderated.


An extremely broad range of career opportunities exist for students studying Art & Design.

A specialist foundation course in Art & Design can be followed before going onto a degree at University. Courses vary from Architecture to Fine art, Illustration to Fashion buying, from Ceramics to Textiles.

A Level Independent Learning