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Course Mode
Part-time
Level
3
Start Date
06/09/2022
Start Time
Duration
2 Years
Campus

A-Levels

Here at Kendal College, we have a culture of high expectations, creating an environment in which A-Level learners can thrive.

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Course Overview

Art & Design at A-Level provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop a range of skills in relation to drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. This is taught initially through a six-week induction period at the beginning of the first year, and then through personal responses to unit themes and externally set assignments provided by the exam board.

Students produce a body of work for all units, following the art process from initial research and starting points, through development and experimentation towards a final response in the form of a finished piece. Alongside their development work, students research a range of relevant artists to gain inspiration for their own creative ideas and themes.

There will be opportunities to visit exhibitions and galleries, locally and nationally, on a London residential trip, to expose you to current trends. You will have the opportunity to be exhibited at the College's prestigious end of year Summer Exhibition, with a private viewing in front of creative professionals, and there are even opportunities to become involved with a number of "live" commercial projects, commissioned throughout the year.

Assessment of course work is based on clearly defined criteria at each stage, through 4 mandatory units:

Year 1
- Unit 1 is portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
- Unit 2 is an externally set assignment. It is produced in supervised conditions over 5 hours and will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Year 2
- Unit 3 is a personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
- Unit 4 is an externally set assignment. It is produced in timed conditions over 15 hours. Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Your work will be assessed through a combination of observation and evaluation of practical outcomes, research, development and analysis of projects and written evaluations of finished projects. Verbal and written feedback is integrated at each stage.

The course can be taken in the following ways:
- Within KC Sixth with another two, possibly three A-Levels, tutorial and optional EPQ and Core maths
- As an 'add on' to a Full Time Level 3 Study Programme at the College, for example alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma
- As a stand-alone part-time course

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in any examined subject. Must include English Language and Maths.

An interview and portfolio of art and design related work will be required by all applicants.

You should also ideally have a Grade 4 or above in GCSE Art and Design, GCSE Photography, or another art related subject; applicants without these qualifications can still apply, providing they can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to the study of graphics at interview.

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

After Your Course

An A-Level Art & Design qualification can enable you to progress to Higher Education either through the College's 1 year Foundation in Art, Design & Photography, or through direct application to HNC/D and BA Degree courses.

The qualification also provides a platform to progress into the creative industries in a number of different ways; there are great benefits to having practical and creative skills and knowledge in Graphic Communication within the design, marketing and advertising industries and many web-based creative careers where graphic skills are highly valued.

Fees

£

There are no course fees if you will be aged 16-18 on 31/08/22, and are not studying at another institution.

Otherwise, please contact our Student Services Team for further information:

e hello@kendal.ac.uk
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01539 814700

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The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses Fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2022/23 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/22).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

A-Levels

The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/22, and are not studying at another institution.

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