Art A Level

Level Three
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
Assessment: 60% Coursework 40% Controlled Assessment

Course Content
Art and Design covers a wide range of artwork and allows pupils to engage in a wide variety of Art specialisms to help inform their future career path. These elements include photography, graphic design, illustration, painting, sculpture, textile design and much more.

Why Study Art?

  • Art and Design is creative, exciting and fun.
  • It combines theory and practice.
  • Art and Design will teach you transferable skills.
  • It will enable you to think differently.
  • Studying Art and Design will give you an extremely wide range of opportunities for your future; it will not narrow your career options.
  • AS level Art and Design qualifications can be worth up to 20 UCAS points. A level Art and Design qualifications can be worth up to 56 UCAS points.

Why choose The Deanery?

We have a dedicated team of staff who are experienced, passionate about the subject and committed to your success.

We have smaller classes ensuring more teacher/student interaction that gives students complete ownership of project themes and topics. Structured technical workshops provide the foundation of creative skills to enable pupils to creatively explore their ideas through lessons tailored to the individual needs of the pupils.

The art department are keen to promote opportunities to fund artist workshops to maximise the sixth form learning experience. Prior workshops have been held by ceramic artist Mark Mennel, recycle artist Mike Badger and former Deanery student and established artist Ian Murphy. The biennial trip to Barcelona provides pupils an opportunity to explore the works of Gaudi through visits to Parc Guelle and Sagrada Familia. During the trip pupils will also be given the opportunity to explore Girona and the works of Salvador Dali, during a day excursion to Figueres.

The department also run trips including the annually planned Barcelona trip exploring the architectural works of Gaudi. The trip includes visits to Parc Guelle, Sagrada Familia alongside a day excursion to explore the surrealist work of Salvador Dali.


In 2018 we had a 100% pass rate at both AS and A2. Both groups exceeded national averages with A2 pupils achieving a 100% A*-B and AS a 100% A*-C pass rate.

What could this subject lead to?

Art and Design qualification can lead to careers in many fields including Fine Art, Filmmaking, Set Design, Graphic Design, Communication Design, Vehicle Design, Fashion Design, Photography, Textile Design, Architecture, Animation, Illustration, Game Design, Website Design, Publishing, Teaching, Gallery Education, Curator and Art Advisor.