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Upton Hall School

Inspiring Young People

Art and Design

Course overview

Art & Design is initially a broad based, experimental course which will create an impressive portfolio for a number of routes post A Level. Students will specialise in one area of strength which will become the focus of the externally set assignment. Working with contemporary artists and undertaking gallery visits will form an important part of the course. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in high profile venues locally, nationally and internationally.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for the course is a 6 at GCSE in any of the following endorsed areas:

  • Craft and Design
  • Fine Art
  • Textile Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design

A Level Topics and Assessment

1. Personal Investigation

Students will work within the following disciplines:

  • Art
  • Craft and Design Fine Art
  • Fine Art
  • Textile Design
  • Three-dimensional Design

2. Externally set assignment

Students will develop and generate ideas, research sources, record practical and written observations and experiment with media, producing outcomes in response to an externally set theme.

Edexcel Exam

Personal Investigation

Externally Set Assessment


Portfolio of Practical Work and Personal Study/essay          (1000 words of continuous prose)

Portfolio of preparation work/ 15 hours of sustained focus under examination conditions


60% of total A-Level (Personal study is worth 12% of qualification)

40% of total A-Level

Beyond the Classroom and Future Prospects

Many graduate employers want to recruit people who are lateral thinkers and creative problem-solvers - natural qualities of artists and designers. Jobs directly related to your degree include: Art therapist, Community arts worker, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Printmaker, Textile designer.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Advertising account executive, Arts administrator, Multimedia specialist, Museum/gallery curator.

Student Experience

Studying Art allowed me to confidently express my ideas by learning new techniques and  encouraged me to pursue a future in the Arts.

Erin, who completed A Level Art in 2017.