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Qualification name GCE A Level in Art and Design
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation AQA Education
Learning method Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 4th September 2024
Cost £0.00
Attendance pattern Daytime

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The 3D Design A Level course encourages students to build on the skills gained from the GCSE Design and Technology course. Students are encouraged to work independently and creatively; you will need to be self-motivated and contribute to additional autonomous hours of study outside of your timetabled lessons. This A Level course is set up and designed to prepare students for future study in a creative discipline. This will be completed through a dedicated portfolio in your sketchbook and via practical samples.

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Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or better in Mathematics and English, together with a further 4 GCSE subjects at Grade 6 or better. Subject Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Design and Technology.

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The first year of the A Level course centres around the students understanding of drawing and developing practical skills. These can be used later in the course for sampling during the creative portfolio. The following techniques are part of the taught focused workshops: Forging; CAD Design; Laser Cutting; 3D Printing; Lamination; Pewter Casting; Wood Turning; Resin Casting; Processing Polypropylene. Within the second year of the course students will have the opportunity to branch off from their initial theme and take their project in their own direction. You will use your own inspirations to focus your outcomes in a personal route.

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Techniques are taught through guided and focused workshops. You are expected to use these workshops to inspire ideas and creative decision making, in order to make progress within your creative journey via your sketchbook work.

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Component 1 is a Portfolio compromising two sections, a sustained project and a collection of further work. The sustained project is completed in response to a theme and shows the students ability to develop a project from one initial idea. Component 2 is an Externally Set Assignment starting in the January of Year 13 with an exam brief provided by the exam board. You will research a given topic independently over the course of 10 weeks. The final exam is a focused practical 15-hour exam.

3D Design can lead to many creative careers and university opportunities after Sixth Form.

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Name Hazel Grove High School
Address Jacksons Lane
Hazel Grove
Stockport
SK7 5JX
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