When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

Are you looking for a career in art and design? Would you like to develop your knowledge and skills with a variety of techniques and materials?

This course has been designed for a wide range of students who want an advanced level Art and Design course. It prepares you for Higher Education and employment, as well as developing your creative practice. The course is both rewarding and challenging, encompassing a wide variety of topics, detailed below.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications. 

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English or Welsh (1st language)
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

This course is delivered as follows:

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment)

Assessment:

In the first year, to achieve the AS level, you will complete a single coursework unit equating to 40% of the full A Level. This is assessed via a blend of interim assessment and feedback, with final external moderation taking place at the end of the AS year.

In the second year, to achieve the full A Level, you will also complete a 'Personal Investigation' plus 'Externally Set Assignment' which together will equate to 60% of the full A Level.

Progression:

Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions.

If you choose to continue your studies in this subject, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offers a Diploma in Foundation Studies: Art and Design, as a bridge to Higher Education both internally and externally.

The Grŵp also offers the following degree courses:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Art and Design 
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Photography 
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art 

Your career options would include working independently either as a designer or as an artist or craftsperson as well as the opportunity to enter employment in the creative industries for example in fashion, advertising, web design, publishing, illustration, animation or product design.

Other possible career opportunities include education, gallery/museum work, theatre - set design/costumes/make up etc., archive work/restoration, architecture, photojournalism and marketing amongst others.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau

    This course will give you a firm understanding of the techniques and processes involved in a wide range of art and design disciplines. You will have the opportunity to study and practise in areas such as painting, drawing, print-making, constructing, modelling, fabricating, and handling traditional and contemporary media. All students will be able to improve their understanding of materials, techniques and tools, as well as their skills in inventing, investigating, improvising, planning, designing, and using historical and contemporary influences.

    The AS represents the first year of a two year A level qualification but it can be studied separately. It consists of one unit:

    • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (40% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.

    This unit consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner.

    In the initial stage of Unit 1, learners will have the opportunity to explore and cultivate fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding through a variety of creative sessions, activities and experiences to help learners develop skills, from which personally significant creative enquiries can be generated as the course progresses.

    There is also an emphasis on the value of drawing skills with a focus on encouraging learners to appreciate the significance of drawing in the widest sense by recognising and reviewing how it feeds the creative process across disciplines.

    The A level consists of the AS Unit 1 plus two additional units:

    • Unit 2: Personal Investigation (36% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.
    • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment (24% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.

    Further information on these units will be available shortly. 

  • Pwllheli

    This course will give you a firm understanding of the techniques and processes involved in a wide range of art and design disciplines. You will have the opportunity to study and practise in areas such as painting, drawing, print-making, constructing, modelling, fabricating, and handling traditional and contemporary media. All students will be able to improve their understanding of materials, techniques and tools, as well as their skills in inventing, investigating, improvising, planning, designing, and using historical and contemporary influences.

    The AS represents the first year of a two year A level qualification but it can be studied separately. It consists of one unit:

    • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (40% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.

    This unit consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner.

    In the initial stage of Unit 1, learners will have the opportunity to explore and cultivate fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding through a variety of creative sessions, activities and experiences to help learners develop skills, from which personally significant creative enquiries can be generated as the course progresses.

    There is also an emphasis on the value of drawing skills with a focus on encouraging learners to appreciate the significance of drawing in the widest sense by recognising and reviewing how it feeds the creative process across disciplines.

    The A level consists of the AS Unit 1 plus two additional units:

    • Unit 2: Personal Investigation (36% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.
    • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment (24% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.

    Further information on these units will be available shortly.