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Art GCE A Level (Edexcel) at Rugby High School

Course description




During this course you will learn to:

·         explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes

·         develop your ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources

·         demonstrate your analytical and critical understanding

·         review and refine your ideas as your work develops

·         record your ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions and those of other artists, reflecting critically on your work and that of other artists

·         present a personal and meaningful response that realises your intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements


All students will be encouraged to explore a wide variety of different techniques and processes.

Fine Art focuses on the processes of drawing, painting, print making, sculpture and lens based image making.

Textile Design focuses on textiles for interiors, fine art textiles and fashion textiles

Photography focuses on film based photography, digital photography, video and film


You may only choose to study for one of these three qualifications at A level.


The structure of these three courses is essentially the same.

The A Level course consists of two components:



Course content

Please see additional information page which gives details of each course offered.

A Level 


Component 1 – Personal Investigation. 60% of the A level qualification.

This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.

You will choose your own personal starting point to develop themes, ideas and supporting studies putting together a portfolio which records the development of your technique and thinking. You will produce a personal study that shows contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose and which includes integrated images.

Component 2 – Fine Art Externally Set Assignment.  40% of the A level qualification.

Building on the learning from your personal investigation, you will respond to the theme from the externally set assignment and produce your own creative outcome(s).  You will produce preparatory studies and then have 15 hours under examination conditions to produce your final piece. 



Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE in Art or a portfolio meeting




Contact: Mr Connelly, Head of Art and Design

Entry requirements

B grade GCSE Art or Portfolio Meeting





Financial information


Future opportunities

Art is acceptable for most degree courses and is important for art and design related courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rugby High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks