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    I've been wondering about A-level art. Is it true that the work is judged by the teachers and then subject to cursory moderation by an external examiner?

    I'm concerned that DD's teacher (who's new and has come in half way through her course) may have significantly different tastes to the previous teacher and doesn't really like the work DD is producing (which is sculptural in nature), preferring the superficially impressive "copy this photograph in paint" type approach that seems so popular these days. This could well result in a lower mark than she would have got under the previous regime, which would be a shame.
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    I would say that as long as you adhere to the mark scheme DD will be fine. Just make very sure that the marking criteria are always known and keep asking for criticism from all art pros available to you at all.

    Ah, Art A Level.

    Your teacher does indeed mark your work and then a moderator checks if the marks were in-line. It's not about the taste of the teacher, it's about if your sketchbooks show a journey, of where the work has come from. Why you've done the work. How have you improved upon it, etc etc. There is one AO which is based on the final piece(s) of work. However, again it's not about taste, its about if it's a 'refined' piece of work.

    Teachers opinions shouldn't come into it. For example, my final piece was drawing and a sculpture. Now, my teacher HATED traditional art forms such as drawing, painting etc and preferred the abstract, but because my work was refined, linked together, wasn't just odd and thrown together, he gave it the appropriate mark. 16/20 for that AO - which was in the top band.

    However, Art A Level is ridiculous in terms of the grade boundaries. I believe it was 63/80 for a B when I did it which is 78% and 75/80 for an A or 93% ( this is for AQA- A2, it's slightly lower for AS)

    Even if you got in the top band (16-20) for everything you would JUST get a B, and I just checked the grade boundaries and it's increased to 65/80 last year for A2 so even with a 16 in each A0, you would still get a C.

    People love to comment on how A Level Art is an easy subject, but trust me, it was and still is the hardest A Level I've ever done.
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    Thanks all for that. Very interesting and encouraging! In terms of documenting the genesis and evolution/refinement, it seems that she's done a good job. I found the specification document a little impenetrable but will look at it again...
    I'm surprised that people think art A-level is easy. It strikes me that it is very hard work and consumes a lot of time (and money!) while the candidate can't really be sure of how they're doing.
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    By the way, as a follow-up, I've been reading this specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/co...on-Issue-4.pdf

    I must say that their assessment grid is a pretty poor effort (I would give them a B if I were being generous). For teachers assessing objective 3 "Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress" they usefully explain that "Level 6 - Exceptional" is assessed as "Ability to record is exceptional and relevant to intentions Exceptional ability to reflect critically on work and progress" whereas "Level 5- Confident and Assured" is assessed as "Ability to record is confident and assured, and relevant to intentions Confident and assured ability to reflect critically on work and progress".

    No sh1t, Sherlock!!! ;-)
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