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Fine Art at A-level builds on the foundations laid in GCSE. Those who enjoy working in a practical and creative way will revel in the opportunity to express their ideas.

Using a variety of methods and materials they will experiment visually and extend their skills, developing personal projects that respond to a range of themes. The course encourages students to recognise the need to communicate and express ideas visually and to be able to project plan and problem solve - skills that are desired in all professions.

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Subject specific entry requirement: Standard Entry Criteria plus Grade 5 in GCSE Art
Qualification: A Level
Topics and areas covered:

Year 12

Coursework is based upon a project titled ‘Art in a Time of Crisis’. During the first term, students will be introduced to ways of tackling the theme through teacher-led practical activities. Students will then develop a personal response to the theme by using their preferred methods and materials. The role of the teacher is to facilitate the needs of the student through discussion, planning and demonstration of processes.


Year 13

In Year 13 students continue to develop their personal projects by responding to feedback from teachers. The main focus during Terms 1 and 2 will be the making of final pieces for each project. In addition to their practical coursework, students will also write an extended essay about their work and the artists and designers that have influenced them.


Final Examination.

The course concludes with the final examination. Students receive the exam paper in February and have 10 weeks to respond to the theme by developing research, creating visual imagery and exploring methods of work. At the end of the preparatory period, students complete a 15-hour exam spread over three days in the studio. These two elements make up 40% of the final mark.

Future career path:

Studying A-level Fine Art can lead you to a range of creative careers such as 

• Architect
• Interior Designer
• Textiles Designer
• Art Teacher
• Sign Writer
• Scenery Painter
• Landscape Architect
• Graphic Designer
• Animator
• Floristry

The list is huge and varied! 

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Additional information:

Students studying any of our art subjects will have the opportunity to participate in life drawing classes, gallery visits and meet with visiting artists.


Cannot be studied as an AS Level (4th choice).