Art and Design

A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

2 years


Course Content:

At Alton College on the Art & Design A-Level you will study:

  • A range of projects that follow a series of thematically based topics, to include “Journey”, “City” and “Portrait”. 
  • Workshop sessions which will introduce you to a range of materials and techniques, allowing you the freedom to experiment with your own imagery and ideas.
  • In your 2nd year, you will undertake a Personal Investigation in a specialist area of own choice where you explore an aspect of Art and Design that interests you, this will involve producing sketchbooks and outcomes. The Personal Investigation will be supported with an essay (maximum 3000 words).
  • Explorative sketchbook work to prepare you for the Externally Set Task with a topic set by the exam board.  This component is followed from February of your second year culminating in a 15 hour timed period to produce your outcome.


60% Personal Investigation 40% Externally Set Task.
Externally set task includes a 15 hour practical controlled exam.

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities include plenty of time to develop your ideas and imagery with guidance from tutors alongside workshop sessions where new skills are delivered and critical discussion of student’s  and artist’s work.  You are encouraged to work in a range of media such as drawing, painting, collage, digital, 3D and printmaking. Art is directly relevant to a wide range of careers from Architect to Tattooist. The creative and independent way of thinking Art encourages is valuable in all walks of life.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

We recommend a grade 5 in a creative or technical subject at GCSE, although in exceptional circumstances we do consider students without an Art qualification.

Course costs:

Printing and Art Materials  £15 - £20/term.
Optional trips from £15 each. There is an annual overseas Creative Visual Arts department trip.

Art and Design works well with:

English Literature