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Sixth Form Curriculum Art Design and Technology

Fine Art

The A level Fine Art course requires students to express their creative ideas using imagination and feelings to respond to given themes or topics. The A level Fine Art course is a mixture of new and familiar media and techniques. The emphasis is on individual development, with every student working on their own personal outcomes. Although the course is Fine Art-based, there are opportunities to work outside this parameter using photography, print and fibre art.

The course provides engaging and innovative creative learning experiences, where art and design practice is meaningfully integrated with theoretical knowledge and understanding. Students have opportunities to develop a broad foundation of critical, practical and theoretical skills, which offer a holistic understanding of a range of practices and contexts in the visual arts, crafts and design fields. This culminates in greater specialism and achievement in the second A level year.

The course encourages learners to:

• Develop intellectual, creative and intuitive capabilities

• Investigate, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills
• Cultivate aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
• Practise independence of mind in developing, refining
and communicating ideas, intentions and personal outcomes
• Experience working with different media
• Explore the interrelationship between art, craft and design and maintain an awareness of context in which
they operate
• Build their knowledge and experience of real world contexts and creative industries

Each artist has her own personal working space in the Sixth Form studio. The studio and media suite is equipped with touch screen PCs, graphic tablets, digital cameras, a kiln, drawing, painting and 3D facilities, printmaking and fibre art facilities, animation and Adobe creative software packages. The department also has its own dedicated gallery space.

The department also provides wider opportunities:
• Life drawing
• Printmaking workshops with Brighton University
• Visits from professional artists, architects and designers
• An external exhibition in a Brighton Gallery
• Portfolio development, interview practice and support with creating digital portfolios
• Help with career advice, picking courses and with writing personal statements
• Highly individualised reference writing based on
teachers’ in-depth knowledge of each student’s work


The Personal Investigation consists of two integrated constituent parts:

• A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcomes based on themes and subject matters that have personal significance.
• An extended written element of 1000 words, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts:

Preparatory study period
• Responses are developed during the preparatory study period. They take the form of critical, practical and theoretical preparatory work and supporting studies which inform the resolution of ideas.
15 hour period of sustained focus work under supervised conditions.
• The resolution of ideas completed during the designated 15 hours shows how planning relates to the outcome.

WJEC EDUQAS A level Fine Art
(Course code: A651QS)

• 120 marks
• 60% of A level

15 hours
• 80 marks
• 40% of A level


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Students use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and design and make prototypes that solve real world problems.

Students identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values. They develop a deep understanding of how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture.

A level Product Design integrates and applies understanding and knowledge from other subject areas, with a particular focus on science and mathematics, and influences from students’ other subject choices. The specification enables students to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative, developing the confidence to produce design solutions and develop design briefs with a client/end user. They take design risks, showing innovation and enterprise whilst considering their role as responsible designers and citizens. Working collaboratively as well as independently, students develop and refine ideas, responding to feedback from users, peers and expert practitioners. The course gives them an insight into the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Through focused research and the exploration of design opportunities, students develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively and critically.

This course equips students with design skills for the future, so they are able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues impact on today’s world. They will also develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world.

An A level in Product Design prepares students for a number of different higher education pathways and industrial professions, leading to careers in industries such as fashion, engineering, architecture, information technology, costume and set design, computer game design, brand design, brand director, 3D design, industrial design, furniture design and countless others.


PAPER 1: Principles of Product Design

PAPER 2: Problem solving in Product Design

PAPER 3: Iterative design project

OCR A level Design and Technology: Product Design
(Course code: H406)

PAPER 1: WRITTEN EXAM                                                                                                                             1 hour 30 minutes
• 80 marks
• 26.7% of A level

PAPER 2: WRITTEN EXAM                                                                                                                             1 hour 45 minutes
• 70 marks
• 23.3% of A level

NEA (NON EXAM ASSESSMENT)                                                                                                                 65 supervised hours
• 100 marks
• 50% of A level


Design Technology at Burgess Hill Girls

Fashion and Textiles

Fashion and Textiles A level is a highly creative and exciting subject. Imaginative practical work is at the heart of the course but it has a wider scope beyond the technical ‘design and make’ elements. This powerful hybrid A level has a blend of different strands – maths, science, business and ethics – designed to reflect industry practice.

The course includes:
• The history and impact of designers, styles and movements
• Socio-economic influences that drive the industry
• Commercial and moral issues
• Branding and marketing
• Ethical production practices

Students will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of textile products. They are required to explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts. Students undertake a substantial design-and-make task and produce a final prototype within a context of their choice. In doing so, they will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside developing the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

During the course students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on fashion design and technology. Within this, there are three main areas of study: technical principles, design and making principles and specialist knowledge.

The small group size ensures plenty of individual attention and guidance to help develop personal interests and projects.

The many transferrable skills in the Fashion and Textiles A level prepare students for a wide variety of higher education courses. The study of fibres and their chemical and physical properties relies on scientific understanding, while in-depth knowledge and appreciation of design movements and costumes is highly valued by museums and textiles conservation establishments.

Britain’s thriving fashion industry is estimated to support 797,000 employees, is worth an estimated £3.2bn a year and is one of the UK’s most sought-after exports. Creative industries as a whole are reported to be growing at a rate of nearly 9 per cent each year, nearly double that of the UK economy as a whole. A level Fashion and Textiles supports the growth of this industry by developing young people with a solid understanding of the commercial, creative and technical sides of the trade. In short, Fashion and Textiles is a hugely exciting A level subject that opens up a variety of different career pathways.


Assessment is through two written examinations which count for 30% and 20% of the final qualification. The papers test:

• Technical
• Designing and making principles
• Specialist knowledge

The non-exam assessment (NEA) counts for 50% of the A level. The practical work is a single substantial design and make task. This involves the design and manufacture of the prototype and a written or electronic portfolio with photographic evidence of the final outcome. The assessment criteria tests:

• Exploration
• Designing
• Making
• Analysis and Evaluation

AQA A level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles
(Course code: 7562)

2 hours 30 minutes
• Technical principles
• 120 marks
• 30% of A level

1 hour 30 minutes
• Design and Making Principles
• 80 marks
• 20% of A level

• 100 marks
• 50% of A level
• Evidence required: written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.
• Assessed by teachers
• Moderated by AQA


Textiles at Burgess Hill Girls

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