BTEC Design and Technology
The department follows the A level art and design specification from Edexcel, which is a two year course, with assessment at the end of the second year by means of Coursework 60% (with a written element included) and an externally set assignment (Examination) 40% completed in a 15 hour timed test. This course exposes students to a range of different elements in art including fine art: painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, as well as applied textiles art, mixed media, graphic arts, illustration, digital photography and traditional styles of art including life drawing.
Drawing and painting from observation is fundamental to the course and the most successful students are those who are open-minded, creative, have a good skills base and want to further their art education after A level. Students are encouraged to use the art studios in their own time, including study periods and staff are always on hand to give support and advice where necessary.
As a range of pathways can be determined in the second year of study, including digital photography and art and design, it is important that students who opt for this course have studied a creative subject (design, art and design or photography) at level 2 (GCSE/BTEC).
- Overseas residential trips have previously travelled to Barcelona 2013 and a planned trip to Venice and Milan in 2017 to allow students to explore a range of art, culture, and architecture and experience
- European galleries and artists.
- Life drawing classes
- We encourage our A level students to get involved with lower school art clubs at lunchtimes and to become ambassadors for the subject area.