Art and Design – Fine Art


Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam Board: AQA 

Additional Entry RequirementsGrade 7 (in GCSE in Art, textiles or Graphics (Portfolio of work to be shown for entry with lower grades) 

Why study Art? 

The course is suited to students who prefer a practical approach to studying art and design.  It will also interest anyone who:  

  • May wish to pursue a career in art and design  
  • Would like to continue studying this subject at University or Art School  
  • Would prefer to be assessed with regards to continuous coursework rather than examination.  
  • May wish to specialise in certain areas of practical artwork.  
  • Wants to work independently, structuring their own learning and projects. 

Course Content 

This is a 2-year Advanced A level specification, requiring students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:  

  • relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources 
  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts  
  • how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts  
  • continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions  
  • a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology.  

The course is designed to encourage, enhance and develop creativity, enabling students to achieve their potential. Students will be presented with new artistic challenges and learn to master new materials and techniques through structured workshops. Students build a portfolio and develop one major coursework component. They undertake an externally set task in February of their second year. 

60% coursework and 40% exam and exam sketchbook. 

Careers in Art 

All aspects of the Art and creative industries, graphic designer, architect, art therapist, teacher, promotions and advertising. Students who wish to continue in further Art education will produce a portfolio of work for their interviews at Art School or University.