Art and Design


Charters School Art and Design students will be inspired by opportunities to make discoveries and adopt a ‘what if’ approach, using a broadening range of mediums and processes. Through research, experimentation, recording their environment and the world around them, they will be equipped to communicate through creative individual and personal outcomes; generating an increasing enjoyment and interest.

This means:

  • They will be able to confidently analyse, evaluate and articulate their understanding of artwork using an art-based vocabulary based on written work and discussion
  • They will appreciate the historical, contemporary, ethnic, political and cultural diversity of the art community, and through this appreciation, learn to understand the deeper meanings, codes and symbols embedded within it
  • They will record experiences and observations, in a variety of ways using drawing and other visual forms, such as photography
  • They will generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using appropriate media and techniques, and apply this knowledge and understanding to making, reviewing and modifying images and artefacts
  • They will learn to understand how ideas, opinion and experience generate starting points for art and design practice, forming an integral part of the creative process
  • The students will be able to present a personal and creative response that realises their intentions, making meaningful connections between their visual research, opinions and observations


The Art students follow the Pearson EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design. The multi-disciplinary unendorsed course develops and enhances the students’ understanding of how ideas generate starting points and form an integral part of the creative process. They learn how images and artefacts relate to ethical and political contexts, and undertake development and refinement of ideas. They develop existing and new skills to express their ideas and interests, recording on-going critical review and analysis, responding to a theme or topic. Through a collection of investigations and experiments, they produce and present outcomes, usually supported by study visits to exhibitions and working with practitioners, where possible.
Study of this Advanced specification students will achieve the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to foundation and degree-related study through further specialisation, development of themes, research, exploration and practical implementation.

This course provides opportunity to develop important transferable skills such as cognitive and creative skills, self-confidence, communication and self-management, problem solving and critical thinking.


This course provides opportunity to develop important transferable skills such as cognitive and creative skills, self-confidence, communication and self-management, problem solving and critical thinking.

Component 1 – Personal Investigation. This comprises of 3 elements – supporting studies, practical work and a written personal study, which comprises 12% of the final mark. This is the coursework and represents 60% of the total qualification.
Component 2 – Externally Set Examination. The examination paper is issued at the beginning of the Spring term and comprises of 2 major elements supporting studies and practical work. The external assessment of 15 hours is the final examination and is normally completed over 3 days. It represents 40% of the final grade.


The minimum entry requirements for Charters Sixth Form can be viewed here

In addition to these the subject specific entry requirements for Art & Design are:

GCSE grade 5 in Art.
GCSE grade 4 in English Language or Literature.

To follow the A Level course, you must have proven practical skills and a genuine passion for researching, creating and making. The practical activities set during the Induction day for collection in September will provide this evidence.
ALL external students must bring their portfolio to school at the beginning of the course in September.  




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Complementary Subjects

Art and Design is a versatile course which encapsulates essential transferable skills. Owing to its very nature of reflecting societal issues, it attracts students with a wide range of interests and is a great combination with many other subjects on the curriculum.

Here are some examples of previous A Level Art students who have combined their studies with:

Mathematics and Physics to study Architecture

Textiles and Business to study Fashion

History and English to study Art History

English and Geography to complete a teaching degree

Future Opportunities

Art and Design provides you with essential life skills as well as specific skills related to competence in art and design. The study of this subject is widely credited with developing and nurturing all-round problem-solving skills, visual analysis, the ability to find creative solutions and make critical judgements, plus the capacity to work outside your comfort zone.

Previous Charters' A Level students have used these skills in such careers as architecture, illustration, art teaching, floristry, interior design, garden design, graphics design, freelance photography, fine art painting, set and costume design and fashion. The opportunities are endless and also include animation, print making and product design.

Careers appreciating creative skills include arts administration, art/fashion critique, art journalism, arts travel, conservator, museum or gallery curation.

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