Duration: 2 year, although a one-year AS course can be organised by prior arrangement
Contact: Mr M Davies
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSE Graphics at grade 4 or above.
Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
This unit allows you opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Your Personal Investigation will incorporate three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).
The Personal Study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose), which may contain integrated images. The Personal Study comprises 12% of this unit.
Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
This component allows you opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme. The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released on 1 February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus, to produce your final outcome(s).
Open Evening Documents
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses such as Photography, Textiles or Ceramics, Media Studies or IT. This could lead onto Higher Education in areas of Art and Design, Photography, Architecture or more general Higher Education courses. With further training, you could follow a career in the creative industries such as in Graphics Design, Illustration, Animation, Advertising, Architecture, Interior Design, Web Design, Film, Television and Media or Fashion Design. You could also go straight into a job, as these courses are recognised qualifications that will encourage you to explore your creativity and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.
In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.
Red Hot Progress
In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.