Art and Design is an exploration of practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and mediums. It provides a platform for further study of the arts, a background for other fields of study and develops creative thinking skills.
3 January 2023
11 September 2023
8 January 2024
Academic: Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
2 Academic Years (3 terms)
We also offer entry from Year 12
Average 7 hours per week for each A-level subject (plus homework and private study)
Gain UK national university entrance qualification
Raise English to university level
Develop study skills required at degree level
Develop specialist subject expertise
Course content and structure
The following syllabus outline is based on AQA exam board content. Please note that exam boards may vary from college to college.
AS Component 1: The Portfolio
Students choose ONE of the following 6 skills and techniques and work on that throughout the course.
Art, craft and design
Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme, leading to a final outcome or a series of related outcomes.
AS Component 2: Assignment
At the start of February students will be given question papers according to the skills and techniques they have chosen. The paper will have 5 questions, from which they choose one as a starting point for their work.
Towards the end of the course students will have 10 hours of supervised time to produce a finished outcome or a series of related outcomes.
A-level Component 1: Personal Investigation
Students choose one of the same 6 skills and techniques (it may be the same as the one they did for AS) and work on that throughout their course.
They develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or a series of related outcomes, supported by written work (1,000 – 3,000 words).
A-level Component 2: Assignment
At the beginning of February students receive a question paper with a choice of 8 questions from which they choose one as a starting point for their work. Towards the end of the course they will have 15 hours of supervised time in which they produce a finished outcome or a series of related outcomes.
Within each component, students must demonstrate evidence that they have explored critical and contextual work through a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional processes and media.
Typical A-level subject combinations with Art and Design
2nd: term starts 15th January: UCAS deadline (other subjects)
9th – 10th: half term Progress tests
17th: term ends Mock exams
3rd: term starts Progress tests
9th June: term ends
Studying Art and Design at A-level equips students with a whole set of transferable skills both for life and for a wide range of vocational areas. A-level Art and Design is perfect for those students wishing to undertake further studies in art, craft and design related subjects. Many students progress onto art related courses, which sometimes involves studying an Art foundation course such as the Kings Art Foundation. This is a one year full-time course that allows students to explore a range of disciplines before deciding which specialist area they want to study at degree level.
Example degree courses which often require Art and Design A-level include:
Graphics and Advertising
Sample alumni progression
Newcastle University (Architecture)
University of California (Architecture)
Jung Eun Kim
University of Sheffield (Architecture)
University of Art, Norwich (Art and the History of Art)
University of the Arts Bournemouth (Animation Production)