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					New A Level Art and Design: Textile Design
H164 and H564 replacing 3804 and 7804

Information for OCR centres transferring to new specifications for first teaching
in September 2008


This document maps the current A Level Art: Textiles specification to the new specification for first
teaching in September 2008. It includes information on the changes, support available and an outline
of the new specification. It is intended to help ease the transition for Heads of Department and
Teachers involved in the teaching of A Level Art: Textiles.


The full specification is available online along with a short questionnaire enabling you to share your
comments on the specification and help shape the materials developed to support it. For more
information including answers to frequently asked questions visit www.ocr.org.uk/14-19alevels


Current specification – mapping the changes                                        pages 2-3
Outline specification for first teaching September 2008                            page 4




QCA have stipulated that:
• Number of units required to achieve A level Art is four.
                                                                                                  1
                                                                                               July 2007
                               Mapping the changes to the A Level Art and Design: Textile Design
                               specification for first teaching September 2008
                               H164 and H564 replacing 3804 and 7804
          Existing specification              Candidates must complete six units

     Current unit title   Unit code           What remains the same?                  What is changing?                                       Why is it changing?                   Guidance
     Research Projects:   2904                • The ethos of developing,              • The unit title will be Coursework Portfolio.          • To help exams officers and          • A Teachers’ Guide.
     Textiles.            Mandatory             exploring, researching and                                                                      teachers.
                                                                                      • There is no prescribed amounts of ‘projects’ to                                             • Exemplar work and coursework
                          30% (AS)
                          15% (A Level)
                                                acquiring skills and techniques has     complete within the portfolio.                        • It was specified in the subject       guidance featuring pictures of
                          Coursework            been retained from this unit and                                                                criteria.                             work.
                                                                                      • Stronger emphasis on analysis of own work and work
                                                united with the ability to analyse                                                            • To ease the burden for candidates   • INSET.
                                                                                        of others.
                                                their own work and the work of                                                                  and teachers.
                                                others.                               • New unit code F414.
AS                                            • Starting points, topics or themes
                                                are still determined by centre.
                                              • You still have to pick specialisms
                                                within the endorsement.
                                              • Starting points still determined by
                                                centre.
                                              • Marks available and the
                                                assessment method.
     Personal             2914                • This unit is no longer available.                                                                                                   • Centres will be advised of the
     Investigation:       Mandatory           • Analysis of candidate’s own work                                                                                                      last re-sit dates for these units
                          30% (AS)                                                                                                                                                    as soon as confirmation is
     Textiles.                                  and the work of others element
AS                        15% (A Level)
                          Coursework            from this unit has been                                                                                                               received from QCA.
                                                amalgamated into the new unit
                                                F414.

     Controlled           2924                • Candidates still plan and prepare     • Idea of ‘focussed piece of planning’ removed.         • To clarify what candidates were     • Specimen Assessment Material
     Assignment:          Mandatory             outside the controlled time.          • Candidates now work in controlled time to realise       achieving in controlled time.         in the form of a question paper.
                          40% (AS)
     Textiles.            20% (A Level)
                                              • The amount of controlled time and       their ideas into an outcome.                          • Removed written and practical QP    • Exemplar materials.
                          Examined              minimum amount of preparation                                                                   spilt for Critical & Contextual
                                                                                      • A maximum amount of preparation time has been
                          At least 3 weeks'     time.                                                                                           Studies, so made the paper more
                          preparation and 5                                             specified.
                                              • Candidates can choose from a                                                                    accessible for these candidates.
                          hours' controlled                                           • In the QP the number of sections has increased from
                          time.                 selection of starting points.
                                                                                        four to five – more starting points available and     • To ensure fairness for all
AS                                            • The same amount of marks are
                                                                                                                                                candidates.
                                                available and assessment method.        images included.
                                              • The outcome has to be identifiable    • The papers for AS and A2 units will be different.
                                                from the candidate’s planning and     • New unit code F424.
                                                preparation.
                                              • The paper is appropriate for all
                                                endorsements.
                                              • Marks available and the assessment
                                                method.



                                                                                                                2                                                                                         continued
                                                                                                             July 2007
                                Mapping the changes to the A Level Art and Design: Textile Design
                                specification for first teaching September 2008
                                H164 and H564 replacing 3804 and 7804
          Existing specification
     Current unit title    Unit code           What remains the same?                   What is changing?                                            Why is it changing?                 Guidance
     Specialist Project:   2934                • Focus of working to resolution         • This project must now also included a related             • To ease the burden for teachers.   • A Teachers’ Guide.
     Textiles.             Mandatory             from SP unit and analysis of own         personal study element – word limit of one thousand                                            • Exemplar work and coursework
                           15% (A Level)
                                                 work and work of others (from PS         to three thousand applicable.                                                                    guidance featuring pictures of
                           Coursework
                                                 unit) have been combined.              • Work must now be placed more directly within its                                                 work.
                                               • Starting point(s) still personal and     historical and/or contemporary contexts.                                                       • INSET.
                                                 determined by candidate.
                                                                                        • New unit code F434.
                                               • Written element can be presented
A2                                               formally as essay or through
                                                 annotation.
                                               • You still have to pick specialisms
                                                 within the endorsement.
                                               • Can be presented in any
                                                 appropriate format.
                                               • Marks available and the assessment
                                                 method.

     Personal Study:       2944                • Part of this unit has been             • This element of the new unit must be 1000-3000
     Textiles.             Mandatory             amalgamated into the new F434.           words.
A2                         15% (A Level)
                           Coursework

     Controlled Test:      2954                • Candidates still allowed to do         • A maximum amount of preparation time has been             • Removed written and practical QP   • Specimen Assessment Material
     Textiles.             Examined              preliminary work outside the             specified.                                                  spilt for Critical & Contextual      in the form of a question paper.
                           At least 3 weeks’
                                                 controlled time.                       • In the QP the number of sections has increased from         Studies, so made the paper more    • Exemplar materials.
                           preparation and
                           15 hours’           • The amount of controlled time and        four to five – more starting points available and           accessible for these candidates.
                           controlled time       minimum amount of preliminary            images included.                                          • To ensure fairness for all
                                                 time.                                                                                                candidates.
                                                                                        • The papers for AS and A2 units will be different.
                                               • Candidates can choose from a
                                                 selection of starting points.          • New unit code F444.
                                               • No restrictions on size or scale of
A2                                               work.
                                               • The same amount of marks are
                                                 available and assessment method.
                                               • The outcome has to be identifiable
                                                 from the candidate’s preliminary
                                                 work.
                                               • The paper is appropriate for all
                                                 endorsements.
                                               • Marks available and the assessment
                                                 method.



                                                                                                                  3                             The full specification is available online at www.ocr.org.uk/14-19alevels
                                                                                                               July 2007
                              New A Level Art and Design: Textile Design specification for first teaching
                              September 2008
                              H164 and H564 replacing 3804 and 7804
                              Candidates must complete four mandatory units

                                        New unit
     New unit title                      code            Benefits to me and my learners                                                                                  Support
     Coursework Portfolio              F414              • Choice and flexibility are offered as the portfolio derives from initial starting points, topics or themes    • A Teachers’ Guide.
                                       Mandatory           that can be determined by the centre.                                                                         • Exemplar work and coursework guidance
                                       60% (AS)                                                                                                                            featuring pictures of work.
                                       30% (A Level)     • It can be tailored to fit candidates’ needs with a choice of a single project and several smaller projects.
AS                                     Coursework
                                                                                                                                                                         • INSET.
                                                         • Candidates can present their work in sketchbooks, mounted on sheets or in any other
                                                           appropriate format.
                                                         • The unit name has changed to Textile Design.

     Controlled Assignment             F424              • Challenges candidates by requiring them to produce artwork in a controlled environment.                       • Specimen Assessment Materials.
                                       Mandatory
                                                         • Enables candidates to independently develop ideas in sustained and focussed way.                              • A Teachers’ Guide.
                                       40% (AS)                                                                                                                          • Exemplar work and coursework guidance
                                       20% (A Level)     • The unit name has changed to Textile Design.                                                                    featuring pictures of work.
                                       Examined
AS                                     3-6 weeks’                                                                                                                        • INSET.
                                       preparation
                                       and 5 hours’
                                       controlled
                                       time



     Personal Investigation            F434              • Personal choice and flexibility are offered as the investigation derives from initial starting points         • A Teachers’ Guide.
                                       Mandatory           determined by the candidate.                                                                                  • Exemplar work and coursework guidance
                                       30% (A Level)                                                                                                                       featuring pictures of work.
                                       Coursework        • Related personal study element ensures that candidates’ work is put in context with work of others.
A2                                                                                                                                                                       • INSET.
                                                         • Candidates can present their work in sketchbooks, mounted on sheets or in any other appropriate
                                                           format.
                                                         • The unit name has changed to Textile Design.

     Controlled Assignment             F433              • Challenges candidates by requiring them to produce artwork in a controlled environment.                       • Specimen Assessment Materials.
                                       Mandatory
                                                         • Enables candidates to independently develop ideas in sustained and focussed way.                              • A Teachers’ Guide.
                                       20% (A Level)                                                                                                                     • Exemplar work and coursework guidance
                                       Examined 3-6      • Offers opportunity for candidates to produce personal and informed work that demonstrates the                   featuring pictures of work.
                                       weeks’
A2                                     preparation and
                                                           experience gained from whole GCE course.                                                                      • INSET.
                                       15 hours’         • The unit name has changed to Textile Design.
                                       controlled time




                                                                                                              4                             The full specification is available online at www.ocr.org.uk/14-19alevels
                                                                                                           July 2007

				
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