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Art: Fine Art A Level

Awarding Body


A Level

60% Personal Investigation
40 % Externally Set Assignment

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements

GCSE (4) or BTEC (merit) in art and design or fine art, or completion of portfolio task to approved standard.

Why should I study this course?

If you have loved studying art and design at GCSE or BTEC, are motivated to improve, enjoy exploring and experimenting, are curious and like talking about art, then this is the course for you.  You will explore working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies. You will extend your knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary and historical art through looking at the work of past societies, cultures and key individuals and use this knowledge to develop your own investigative work.

What will I learn? 

You will learn technical skills and how to manage a broad range of media and materials through a variety of practical workshops and across disciplines, such as drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and photography.  An emphasis on critical and contextual studies forms an important part of the course. You will learn to develop your ideas with independence and to construct a portfolio of work that demonstrates your knowledge, skill and understanding.

How will I learn?

Classwork in Year 12 consists of an exciting mixture of practical workshops and demonstrations designed to build skill, understanding and confidence, alongside individual and group work.  You will be given contextual tasks to build your knowledge of art practice. You might respond to a brief, starting point, word, issue or theme.

You will be given one to one support during lessons and work with your peers to discuss your ideas and receive suggestions on how to develop your work.

Home learning consists of a variety of tasks - research, photography, contextual and practical studies.

We visit gallery exhibitions and use our local environment to extend skills and conduct research.  An international visit is arranged at the end of Year 12

What can I do with my qualification?

Pursuing A level art will provide you with the experience you need to move on to an art foundation course or equivalent, all of which will allow you to embark on a degree course in your chosen field.

What do students say?

“At the start of Year 12 I didn’t think I would do an Art Foundation but every lesson has pushed me out of my comfort zone making me find elements of art that I love and now I am at college following a foundation course.”