Art and Design

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: AS and A2 Fine Art (ARTB)

Contact: LAE@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

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 name: Edexcel Advanced GCE in Music Technology
Contact: ARI@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

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.

Computer Technology

Level 2 Certificate in Computer Technology

Exam Board: NCFE

Course name: Level 2 Certificate in Computer Technology

Contact: ALH@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

Qualification purpose

This qualification is designed for learners who have an interest in digital literacy, solving problems and creating simple computer programs. It will provide learners with knowledge of different software packages to enable them to use these within further education or employment and it will give them an introduction to writing simple computer programs.

This qualification aims to:

  • develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of computing
  • develop a significant knowledge core which spans the vocational sector
  • provide academic and study skills that will support progression within computing and more broadly.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • raise awareness of working safely and securely when using digital technology
  • use a variety of software packages in response to a research scenario
  • use their knowledge of computer programming to produce a simple program in response to a research problem
  • use simple programming languages.

Throughout the delivery of this qualification, the following core areas and transferable skills should be evident:

  • planning
  • research
  • communication
  • analysis scenario briefs
  • working independently and creatively to solve problems

 

Course Outline

This qualification consists of:
Unit number and title
Mandatory/optional Assessment
Unit 01 Digital literacy Mandatory Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
Unit 02 Digital technology Mandatory Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
Unit 03 Introduction to computer programming Mandatory Externally assessed assignment

 

Progression opportunities

Learners could progress to this qualification from:

  • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Computer Technology

The V Certs give learners a good grounding for progression onto further Level 3 qualifications and A Levels. For example:

  • Level 3 Vocational qualifications in Computing
  • Level 3 Digital Literacy qualification
  • Level 3 Digital Technology qualification
  • Level 3 Computer Science qualification
  • IT Apprenticeship eg IT Specialist, IT Software web and telecoms
  • ITIL Foundation

It may also be useful to those studying qualifications in the following sectors:

  • Business Studies
  • Digital Literacy.

 

Product Design

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: A Level Product Design

Contact: SHV@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Look at the world around you; everything you come into contact with has been designed and developed by Product Designers and Design Engineers. From the clothes you choose to wear, the cars you use for transport, the buildings you live and work in, to the products that make your life easier and more enjoyable.

 

Product Design is an extremely diverse and rewarding career, which is essential in an ever changing world. Product Design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. You could find yourself working in Industrial Design, Automotive Design, Fashion Design or Architecture. Product Design is also an excellent A Level to be taken in conjunction with Physics and Mathematics, particularly for those students wishing to pursue degrees in engineering related disciplines.

 

Who is the course aimed at?

Studying Product Design at A Level will develop some of the skills most valued by employers and universities, including research, independence, use of technology, communication, leadership, team work and problem solving. British designers have a global reputation and include Jonathan Ive (Apple), James Dyson and Vivienne Westwood.

 

Aims of the course

This course is designed to encourage candidates to:

Develop and sustain innovation, creativity and design and technology capability.
Develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity.
Apply essential knowledge understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities
Use ICT to enhance design and technological capability.
Develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices.
Develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively.

 

Programme of Study

During the course, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes. You will apply this knowledge in two written examinations and a range of practical projects.

 

Course Outline

AS Level

Students develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety:

Unit 1: (PROD1) Materials, Components and Application
Unit 2: (PROD2) Learning Through Designing and Making

A2 Level

A2 the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture:

Unit 3: (PROD3) Design and Manufacture
Unit 4: (PROD4) Design and Making Practice

 

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.

Music technology

Exam Board: Edexcel
Course leader: Mr Armitage
Course name: Edexcel Advanced GCE in Music Technology
Contact: ARI@moseley.bham.sch.uk

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.

 

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