Art and Design : Fine Art (Bryn Celynnog)

Level : AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:WJEC

Location: Bryn Celynnog


The course is intended for students who wish to pursue, extend and develop their studies of Art to a greater depth than that required for GCSE. Students are expected to take risks in their work through investigation of ideas and the exploration of materials, techniques and processes. Students are also required to study in depth, the work of contemporary and historical practitioners to inform their own practice.

Brief outline of the course and method of assessment:

AS Modules Year 12

AR1 One unit of coursework consisting of a portfolio of work which is selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by candidate.



Controlled test

One unit externally set.  After a period of preparation a supervised controlled test of eight hours is taken.


A LEVEL Modules Year 13

AR3 One unit of coursework that requires candidate to communicate their understanding through images and texts that include a written element of no less than 1,000 words.



Controlled test

One unit externally set presented to the candidates at the start of the preparation period followed by a controlled test of twelve hours.


All units are internally assessed and externally moderated in June.

Requirements/skills for entry onto the course.

All students should have at least a grade “B” in GCSE Art and Design.  Students who have a “C” grade will be accepted following consultation with staff and on the condition that the first term is a probationary period and progress will be carefully monitored.  The course is demanding and requires a high level of commitment, motivation and self-discipline particularly when researching Art Galleries, libraries and completing workbooks and working independently in the 6th form studio and out of school.  Students who show initiative and are well motivated will develop self confidence and increase their personal development.

Career Opportunities.

Students may progress on to a one year Foundation course at college, on the evidence of a sound portfolio of work at interview.  Interviews for the Foundation course take place after Christmas in Year 13.  Following the foundation year, students can then choose to study at degree level one of the many exciting and rewarding fields of Art & Design, e.g. Fine Art, 3D Design, Fashion Design, Textile/Interior Design, Graphics, Illustration, Ceramics, Metalwork or glass forming, Film Animation etc.  The choice is varied and students should consult their teacher for further information.

The A Level course in Art and Design is stimulating and rewarding in its own right, whether or not the student is specifically aiming at a career in this field.  It is a recognised qualification for entry into Higher Education.

A sixth form studio space has been created in the Art Department enabling students to work purposefully in study periods.


Staff to consult for further information:

Mrs. E. Burke (HOD), Miss S. Nolan, Mrs C. Davies

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