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A level Art - Years 12 & 13


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OCR Art and Design: The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: AS and A Level - Art and Design - H200, H600 (from 2015) - OCR

The course encourages learners to develop practical skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding.  Developing their intellectual, imaginative and creative capabilities through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills.  Promoting independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas and intentions.  Within Year 12 students will develop their higher level technical and analytical skills through a series of teacher led tasks aimed at building the skills.  Within Year 13 students will build a personal portfolio of practical work and a written investigation into their chosen area of study. They will also complete an external examination project consisting of several weeks of preparation work and resulting in a 15 hour timed assessment.

The course is 60% coursework and 40% practical examination.

Year 12

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Skills workshops Developing higher level practical skills with a wide range of media.


2 Drawing and painting Developing higher level painting skills in oil paint and experimental drawing skills.


Spring Term

Oil painting

Individual A1 oil painting.


2 Creativity Developing individual creative ideas  
Summer Term
1 Mini Project Mini project – from given starting point


2 Preparation Begin personal investigation Year 13 project


Year 13

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1   Personal portfolio and related study  
2   Personal portfolio and related study  
Spring Term
1   Personal portfolio and related study/Exam project  
2   Exam project  
Summer Term
1   Exam (15 hours)  


Resources Topic Type of assessment
CAT 1 Media experiments and oil painting Project
CAT 2 Individual mini project Project
CAT 3 Full project relating to NEA NEA
CAT 4 Personal Investigation and related study NEA
CAT 5 Personal Investigation and related study NEA

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Recommended reading Taschen Art Series
The Story of Art. E.H.Gombrich
Recommended websites All

Enrichment opportunities

Activity Day and time or term
Lunchtime extension classes during free periods and after school in the Sixth Form Art Areas. Day

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