Art & Design

(Equivalent to 2 A Levels)

This course encourages students who are creative and innovative. You will learn to work to realistic briefs that allow you to explore 2D and 3D disciplines. In the second year you will be able to specialise in combinations of design, fine art or multimedia. The main purpose of the qualification is to prepare students who wish to progress to higher education in Art & Design or wish to enter a work placement in a creative industry. There will be professional elements to the course which will involve working with visiting artists and with our local gallery. At the end of the year, you’ll have the chance to exhibit your work in our Art & Design show at The Lightbox gallery in Woking.

What skills will I develop?

You will be introduced to a wide range of techniques and processes, which encourage you to explore and develop ideas. 

You will develop skills in Fine Art, Graphic Design, basic Digital Photography, Printmaking, Textiles, Multimedia, Design, and Sculpture. 

What topics will I study?

Cambridge Technical Diploma

  • Unit 1: Art & Design in context
  • Unit 11: How artists and designers use 3D materials, techniques and processes
  • Unit 12: Planning, researching and developing ideas for a specialist art or design brief
  • Unit 13: Realising an outcome for a specialist art or design brief 
  • Unit 16: Exhibiting and presenting artwork
  • Unit 24: Digital Image creation
  • Unit 32: Art & Design Illustration
  • Unit 35: Design for Advertising
  • Unit 60: Fine Art Drawing
  • Unit 61: Fine Art Painting
  • Unit 63: Contemporary Fine Art
  • Unit 65: Fine art printmaking

Where does the course lead?

Depending on your level of effort and attainment you can then go straight onto a Degree, a Foundation course, apprenticeship or employment.  Students with the right combination of other A Levels have progressed onto degrees in Graphic Communication, Architecture, Animation, Multimedia Design, Website Design, Fine Art, Packaging Design, Fashion Design, Marketing and Illustration, Interior Design and many more.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Emma Hobbs

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent)

Grade 4 in Art or L2 Distinction or equivalent in an alternate creative subject is desirable but not essential.

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 100%