Sixth Form (A Levels)

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media


For creative students who are determined to study any creative art or design subject at University this course is the preferred route for most students. The course offers up to twice the UCAS points of a top A Level and more importantly, it offers the specialist portfolio that Universities are looking for. Cambridge Home School students can study this alongside A Levels.


Teacher assessments are continuous during one to one tutorials, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of researching key concepts, quizzes for recapitulation and subject related fun, completion of coursework.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework, grades and teacher feedback. Additionally parents can arrange consultations with teachers at mutually convenient times.

The course can be completed over 2 years and involves the passing of 3 key stages; Exploratory stage, Pathway stage and Confirmatory stage. The exploratory stage involves students exploring a variety of art and design disciplines. The Pathway stage allows students to specialise in one or two disciplines. The Confirmatory stage requires students to specialise in their preferred single discipline and produce a final major project.

  • Contemporary and historical cultural contexts in the field of art, design and media
  • The importance of visual language for recording and responding
  • The potential and limitations of a variety of media and processes
  • How to identify personal progression routes and present work effectively to others
  • Optional units include: Media Development, Information and Interpretation, and Combined Experimental Studies in Art, Design and Media

Drawing and painting materials, surfaces to work on, a variety of materials of differing textures, colours, forms for mixed media and sculpture (recycling box is a treasure trove), digital camera (mobile phone), computer, internet connection. At Pathway and Confirmatory stages students may require more specialised materials/equipment depending on their chosen project work/discipline.

The Teacher

Mrs. Urquhart-Edwards MA RCA is a highly experienced and respected educator who has exhibited widely including the USA, London, China and Europe. Educated at the Royal College of Arts and having taught at St. Martins College and Wimbledon College of arts, Mrs. Urquhart-Edwards knows all there is to know about how to progress a young creative into the world of art and design.

Friendly and patient, Mrs. Urquhart-Edwards will guide you with deep personal interest in your work towards the fulfillment of your goals. She will fully prepare you for University level study and beyond.


How to apply

Our school is nearly always full, with very few school places!

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