Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - AQA LINEAR


REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in Fine Art or Grade 6 in Art & Design


Gallery Trips Paints/Canvas

£10-25 varies with location

£11-15/£4-10 Portfolios/Sketchbooks £3-10 depending on size


ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - comprised of two components: COMPONENT 1 Art & Design Personal Investigation

The department will offer an A Level Art & Design course where students will be entered for the A Level exam in Year 13. The primary aim of the course is to enhance students’ skills and thereby enable them to develop more independent ways of working. As a means of support, students are provided with clear structure and time lines but creativity and ownership of ideas is encouraged. The course explores a wide variety of media with a focus on drawing and painting and the use of photography. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their work in other areas whichmay include printmaking, textiles, illustration, sculpture or ceramics. The size of A Level groups ranges between 10-16 students. All groups are taught by the Subject Leader plus one other member of staff. The course is structured around themed projects with emphasis on research into resource material, analysing their own and others’ work, observational drawing, experiments with media and developing technical skills. All projects include integral historical, critical and contextual studies. All students will have the opportunity to visit museums and galleries.

60% of A Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Art & Design

40% of A Level mark

Externally Set Assignment Includes 15 hours of supervised time



Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress. Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.





Careers guidance is considered to be an integral part of the department’s work. The vast majority of students progress to Art Foundation Courses and then onto higher education in a wide variety of fields including Fine Art, Fashion, Illustration, Graphic and TextileDesign, Television and TheatreDesign, Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design, as well as Art Education.


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