Art & Design


A Level Art & Design is taught at UTC Sheffield City Centre Campus, this MUST be picked alongside ONE Technical Specialism Subject. (The specialism must be on your application)

The course is designed to encourage learners to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding.  Learners show this through their responses to a range of stimuli. It provides an opportunity for learners to take a personal interest in why Art and Design matters and to be inspired and changed by studying a coherent, worthwhile course of study and gain experience of the working practices of individuals, organisations and creative and cultural industries. It provides freedom for learners to experiment and take risks with their work whilst developing their own style.

Students can work in disciplines such as: sculpture, craft, 3D modelling, mixed media, paint, sketch and textiles.

Qualification Type

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent

Qualification Level

Level 3


Learners will develop a deep understanding of Art and Design and the ability to critically evaluate their own work and the work of others, including pioneers and contemporary artists to develop historical and contemporary contexts. Learners are able to tailor their course to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations in order to follow their chosen progression route through to Further or Higher Education or the workplace.

How will it be delivered?

AO1 Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2 Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Entry requirements

Grade 4-5 or above at GCSE Level or Pass in BTec, to include at least one GCSE that includes Art or design.