What you’ll learn:

Component 1:

In component 1, students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designers(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which support the practical work.


Component 2:

In component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.


An art pack which can be purchased from school or similar equipment bought elsewhere.

How you’ll be assessed:

You will be assessed on

Component 1: Personal Investigation, a practical component supported by a written element. 60% of A Level

Component 2: Externally set assignment. 40% of A Level – Includes 15 hours of supervised examination time


Each component is assessed against 4 objectives involving skills in developing and exploring ideas, experimenting with materials, recording observations and producing final pieces based on research into the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.


Where next:

Art and Design qualifications can lead to careers in many creative industries. Following Sixth Form you could apply directly to University or Art College. There are numerous specialist courses available e.g. Fine Art, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Three Dimensional Design, Photography, Architecture.

If you do not intend to follow Art and Design at University and subsequently as a career, the skills gained on the A level course will develop your creative abilities, in particular personal responses to ideas.