Art and Design

Exam Board: AQA

Course leader: Miss Lawrence

Course name: AS and A2 Fine Art (ARTB)



General Information

You will have opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. You will explore painting, printing, photography, sculpture and craft. The subject encourages an independent response to a subject area of your choice. Visiting galleries and exhibitions independently form a critical part of the course to broaden your understanding of the subject.


Course Outline

The aims of the course are to encourage candidates to develop:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
  • independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes
  • an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
  • the experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies
  • an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, to make links to the creative industries
  • knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures
  • an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.


Assessment: Year 12

1 coursework portfolio

1 externally set assignment (10 hour exam)


Assessment: Year 13

1 x coursework portfolio – Personal project with written element 1000-3000

1 x externally set assignment (15 hour exam)


Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The course can lead onto a degree in an art discipline and commercial apprenticeship schemes with art/creative organisations. This A Level is suitable for anyone considering a career in the varied world of art and design. Progress to A2, Foundation Art course, degree.

Areas for further study = textiles, fashion, media, photography, Illustration, Painting (Fine Art), Animation, Computer designing.

Career examples = Teacher, gallery coordinator, Graphic designer, Advertising, multimedia design, Editorial design.




Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Art department ensure all Art students are fully supported throughout the course. Visits to Art galleries and exhibitions to learn about the arts have also been used to support learning in class and sixth form students have the opportunity to get involved in an exhibition of their own work held at Margaret Street in Birmingham in June. They will gain experience in how to display their work for exhibition purposes and family and friends will have an opportunity to attend the exhibition.

Music Technology

Exam Board: Edexcel
Course leader: Mr Armitage
Course name: Edexcel Advanced GCE in Music Technology

General Information
Music Technology is the application of ICT to capture and manipulate Music. The aims of this course are to:
• Emphasise the techniques, practices and principles of music technology as an area of advanced study
• Encourage the use of music technology as a tool to develop composing and arranging skills
• Provide a programme of study that will lead to the development of accomplished recording and sequencing skills
• Define musical performance as an interpretative and creative skill that can use music technology
• Introduce the technical principles that underpin music technology and develops a technical vocabulary
• Develop listening and analysis skills through the study of a wide range of contemporary music
• Prepare students for further academic or vocational study of music technology and other areas

Course Outline

Year 12: AS Music Technology
AS Unit 1 – Music Technology Portfolio (70% of AS) – Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out. Students must complete three recording & sequencing tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio. They will submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.
AS Unit 2 – Listening and Analysing (30% of AS) – This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day as an overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music.

Year 13: A2 Music Technology
A2 Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 (60% of A2) – Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology- based Music. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2 as well as submitting a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task.
A2 Unit 4: Analysing and Producing (40% of A2) – Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD. The examination will test students’ musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities
There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education provides and this Music Technology Advanced GCE will continue to provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for HE in the subject. Music technology careers could include work as a: sound engineer, record producer, composer / arranger or teacher.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities
Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.