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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The A-level in Art and Design is a linear qualification studied over two years and has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject alongside other academic qualifications, plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

This broad-based art, craft and design course will enable you to explore a range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional or time-based approaches to your studies or to produce work entirely from a single discipline including graphic design, textiles, photography and fine art.

It is designed to support development of skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding. You will show this through your response to a range of stimuli.

In your chosen subject areas, you will explore specialist processes and techniques such as drawing, painting, digital manipulation, photography, constructing fabrics and surface decoration - all of which will help you to understand the history and development of a specialism.

The course provides a very thorough and rewarding study of art and design, including extensive practical and theoretical/historical elements. It provides the freedom for you to experiment and take risks with your work while developing your own style.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 [C] or above, including English Language at grade 5 [C/B] and Maths at grade 4 [C].  In addition, you should have GCSE Art and Design or a similar creative subject at grade 4 [C] or above. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in art and design and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

Course Content

The A-level in Art and Design consists of two components, both teacher assessed and externally moderated.

You will study at least two separate disciplines in Component 1, with the option to specialise in Component 2 - producing work in one or more disciplines.

Component 1:

Personal Investigation has two integrated elements: a portfolio of practical work consisting of a sustained project, theme or course of study and a related study which explores the context in which your chosen practical area of study exists.

Component 2:

The externally set task will give you a choice of themes, each with a choice of written and/or visual starting points, briefs or stimuli. From this you will choose one option for which to generate an appropriate personal response for assessment.

How will I be assessed?

This is a linear qualification in which all assessments must be taken at the end of the course. Work is continually assessed and you will discuss and evaluate your own work. Assessment constitutes:

Component 1:

Personal Investigation: internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the awarding body: 60% of the total qualification

Component 2:

Externally Set Assignment: externally set, assessed by your teacher and externally moderated by the awarding body: 40% of the total qualification

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject. This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources. However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials. You will also need to make a contribution towards compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Following successful completion of this A-level, it is expected that you will have achieved the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to progress towards advanced / higher foundation studies or a related university degree.

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Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education. Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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