What's the difference between GCSE Art and A Level?

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So I'm currently taking a GCSE in Art & Design. I managed to get an A* on the coursework and the teacher believes that my final exam grade should be about that level as well. (It's all finished and such. Just awaiting the results. :S)

With art being one of my best subjects at the moment, and the one I enjoy the most. An art A Level is something I'm looking into. My question is, how much harder is the A Level?
Is it based more on the drawing side, or is it still very much sketchbook based?

Basically, can someone talk me through the A Level course? Your opinions on what you thought after taking it?

Would be much appreciated. :D

Posted Fri 25th May, 2012 @ 13:26 by Bexie

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I hope it's not too hard, I'm in the exact same situation as you! :) I've picked A level art, and I'm really looking forward to it - just need to get my final grade back! :D 

Answered Fri 25th May, 2012 @ 15:49 by YellowYeti
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I finished my Art AS this year and it was the subject I most enjoyed!

It is so different A level Art from GCSE....  coursework is based on sketchbook work however you have to experiment much more with materials and techniques, apart from the sketchbook you have to draw bigger, using larger scales as you are developing all your sketchbook into large paintings.

The exam is expected to be a very developed and researched final piece with lots os annotations that back up your work.

This A level requires a lot of time and creativity as you need to experiment and develop.

Any question? hahaha

Answered Tue 12th June, 2012 @ 18:17 by Maria
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Sounds scary Maria, I've always been rubbish at drawing on a big scale :( I'm pretty nervous now! :P Still, the experimenting sounds cool, as does the sketchbook based work :) 

Answered Wed 13th June, 2012 @ 16:49 by YellowYeti
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Hmm, I actually really like the sound of it! Thank you for your help Maria, very useful. :) x

Experimenting sounds fun and I was always frustrated about the limitations in size, we were never really 'allowed' to do observational drawings on a large scale. As for annotation, it was never really much of a problem, it seems rambling on about this and that can get you top marks. xD

I had my sixth form taster day today as well, with art being one of the subjects I looked into, I got a rather good insight on the subject (and unfortunately some summer homework already!). I'm looking forward to it, and I'm pleased that I've completely made the decision in my mind. I'm no longer completely in the dark about the subjects I'd like to take. :D

Answered Thu 12th July, 2012 @ 21:30 by Bexie
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well trust me art is very stressfull they both consists of the same amount of work but a level has to be a lot more thought out and a lot more developed plus you have to think on how to interact with the examiner by your book so this means thinking of new ideas like flaps cut outs and folds in your book also a level art has to be very very detailed and high skilled to achieve top grades so what i did for my gcse got me a b in alevel its only worth a low d 

Answered Mon 5th November, 2012 @ 20:45 by paulina