This example from the WJEC specification illustrates the typical set of assessment objectives. Equal emphasis is placed on the four objectives and the language used is very similar by all the exam boards.
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.
However, the exam boards have structured their new linear courses differently. AS and A2 are now de-coupled. Compare, for example, the WJEC 3 unit arrangement with the AQA 4 unit structure below: