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St Peter's School


Sixth Form

Why study Art & Design?

The appearance of world around us adapts and changes on a daily basis. We are bombarded with visual imagery which our brains try to decipher and decode.

The study of Art and Design enables us to connect with the visual world, making us more aware of what we are seeing and improving our ability to read it.

Our students explore creativity through the study of both traditional and contemporary art with the aim of being conversant with the work of other times and cultures whilst becoming independent creators able to communicate their own ideas.

Our students work with traditional and new media exploring the visual elements of art, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. Art provides students valuable opportunities to experiment, problem solve, reflect and critically judge their own work and that of other artists.

In the Sixth Form students study Edexcel GCE Art & Design: Fine Art. Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art. Students develop their experimental, analytical and documenting skills and their understanding of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.

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AS – 8FA0

Link to Specification

The AS course is designed to ensure that practical artistic skills and abilities are developed by allowing students to work in a range of media ensuring that they develop practical art skills whilst encouraging them to reflect on their work and make connections with the work of others. Two coursework projects are set across the autumn and spring terms. Both projects are part of Component 1 coursework and are graded against the 4 GCE AS level assessment criteria. The first is “Viewpoints” a theme set by the department to address different aspects of the assessment criteria, this will allow students to gain an understanding of how to develop their work successfully. This understanding will enable them to build a portfolio of work when working on the personal project, an independent theme negotiated with staff.

The externally set assignment (Component 2) is released in the spring term and students have a preparation period of about 10 school weeks followed by a 10 hour exam period to produce a sustained piece in response to the theme and their personal preparation. Component 1 and 2 are each weighted 50% and are marked out of 72.

A Level – 9FA0

Link to Specification

At A level students’ personal work becomes more self-directed, resulting in a specialised investigation in to an area of specific interest to the student. Outcomes are a combination of practical work and a contextual investigation. The skills developed at AS will be extended to show a greater understanding of media, depth of ideas and the context of their work. The A level course allows students further opportunities to explore a range of media, techniques and ideas whilst encouraging them to respond independently creating personal work to their own theme. Component 1(Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated - 60% of the Total qualification) incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification and is marked out of 18.Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives (Marks available: 90).

The externally set assignment (Component 2) is released in the spring term (February 1st) and students have a preparation period of about 10 school weeks followed by a 15 hour exam period to produce a sustained piece/s in response to the theme and their personal preparation. This component allows students 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). Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated - 40% of the Total qualification. Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives (Marks available: 72).


It is impossible for me to make a painting which has no reference to the powerful environment in which I live

Peter Lanyon.

Coast 1953 Peter Lanyon

Contact Us

The Art Department is made up of experienced teachers who have a wide range of skills and knowledge of art. The department has three classrooms, a small Mac suite and studio space dedicated to the sixth form enabling them to undertake private study.




Dawn Glover

Head of Department

Lee Cartwright

Teacher of Art


The validity of Art in the curriculum stretches beyond practical skills with art based media. Art enhances fine motor skills, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, analysis and critical thinking skills. These are skills that can be applied to other subject areas and used in a variety of future careers.  In any career you have an advantage if you can arrange, present and display material to be aesthetically and visually appealing.

To find out more information about Creative industries in the UK, support available for current and further study from and the careers available within Art & Design follow the links below.



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