Key Stage 5

We offer 3 pathways of learning for A-Level - Art, Craft and Design, Textiles and Photography.

A-Level students are expected to adapt a more independent approach to their studies. All students are offered one to one tuition and develop personalised pathways in response to the themes of individual projects. The sixth form studio is a space for the Post 16 creative students to work collaboratively. We encourage an art college atmosphere where A-level students can discuss their ideas openly and share and support each other in their creative development.

Course Structure (2 years)


Art, Craft and Design:

Component 1 - Personal Portfolio (60%)

The first year of this course is an introduction to a wide range of media, materials, techniques and processes. Students will work from a range of the following – drawing, painting, print-making, 3-D sculpture, photography. Students will work in response to a theme for the year which will include a wide range of artists and designers for inspiration. Alongside the practical skills students will develop critical and analytical skills and the ability to reflect and review their personal progress. Students will present a sustained project with planning in a sketchbook supported by final outcomes demonstrating the skills acquired in this foundation year. It is essential for students to produce a portfolio of work to progress to the second year of this course.

The second year is based around a Personal Investigation which is a theme selected by the student. This sustained body of work includes a practical investigation which is sketchbook based with appropriate practical outcomes realising their intentions. Students must also complete a 1000-3000 word critical and contextual essay in relation to their theme.

Component 2 (40%) - Externally Set Assignment

The Externally Set Assignment is a range of themes set by the exam board and released in February. Students have 8-10 weeks to prepare for their 15 hour practical exam.


All work is marked internally and then moderated by the exam board. Student work is assessed every 3 weeks for tracking purposes. Students that are underachieving will be picked up by the sixth form team and any issues addressed. Interim assessments take place regularly and students receive personalised feedback. Student responses to targets is measured and it is an expectation that all DIRT is completed by assessment deadlines.



This course follows the same structure as outlined above. Students work on developing a range of skills in their first year – stitching, weaving, print-making, batik, fabric manipulation, experimental sampling techniques drawing, designing and making a garment in response to their theme. The second year and Externally Set Assignment (exam) as above.



This course follows the same structure as outlined above with students in the first year working on a range of different techniques. These include digital, darkroom and experimental, getting to know their camera and developing knowledge about composition. Students create work in response to the work of other artists and photographers and editing skills are essential. Work is mainly sketchbook based with a range of outcomes throughout in response to the projects. The second year (exam) as above.



Many of our Creative students at Post 16 progress to courses at colleges or university. Recently students have taken places on Foundation courses at Leeds College of Art, New College Pontefract and York College. Many progress to degree level in Photography, Fine Art and Illustration. We have excellent links with local colleges and offer guidance and support throughout the UCAS process.