KS5

Key Stage 5

Students are timetabled for Art four hours per week in Key Stage 5.

AS Level:

Students complete their Coursework project entitled Identity, worth 60% of their overall AS Level, during the autumn term and the month of January. Students are marked on artist influence (30%), development and experimentation (30%), recording (20%) and final realisation (20%) and the weighting of each assessment objective is mentioned above.

The first week of February, students receive their examination paper. They choose one question and then begin their 6 week preparation period. During this time they must create a body of work that reflects this amount of time and considers the learning objectives mentioned above. On completion of this preparation time, students sit a 5 hour examination to create a final realisation. This entire body of work is worth 40% of the overall AS level.

A2 Level:

Upon completion of the AS Level, students begin their A2 level course in Year 13.

Students complete their Personal Investigation, worth 60% of their overall A2 Level, during the autumn term and the month of January. Pupils are able to pick an appropriate topic of their choice. Students are marked on artist influence (20%), development and experimentation (20%), recording (30%) and final realisation (30%); and the weighting of each assessment objective is mentioned above.

The first week of February, students receive their examination paper. They choose one question, and then begin their 6 week preparation period. During this time they must create a body of work that reflects this amount of time and considers the learning objectives mentioned above. On completion of this preparation time, students sit a 15 hour examination to create a final realisation. This entire body of work is worth 40% of the overall A2 level.

Students are entered under the OCR examination board.

Students are expected to visit the department at least 3 hours per week outside of lessons times, to gain additional teacher support, use the materials available and work in a quiet, spacious environment.

Students are expected to spend at least 3 hours per week on homework. Most students find it easiest to complete their homework in an A3 sketchbook. A wide range of Fine Art materials are also available to buy from the Art Department, which is recommended so that students can do additional work at home. A small portfolio to carry work home is also often handy!