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Art A level at Kings Langley School

Course description

  • Most of the course is based on the practical making of artwork. There is a separate compulsory written element to the coursework which should relate to the specialism being studied. Minimum 1000 words.
  • It develops analytical, technical and expressive skills * It develops intellectual, creative, imaginative and intuitive powers
  • It develops knowledge and understanding of the role and achievements of artists in the past and in contemporary society.

Students will follow a broad course in Fine Art producing a practical portfolio which provides evidence of a sustained investigation into a theme which can be selected by the student and relating to their personal interests in art.

The separate written study is guided by the teachers and should be at least 1000 words. Fine Art gives students the widest range of options in the use of materials and art historical contexts. It is very suitable as a sound basis for more specialised art courses at college or university.

Course content

  • Painting and drawing
  • Alternative media
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Lens-based imagery

Entry requirements

It is essential that you have GCSE Art at least a 'B' grade. Analytical and investigative skills are also important. Independent study outside of lessons is expected. Good writing skills are also essential and GCSE English grade ‘C’.



All work is internally assessed and externally moderated. There are 2 components.

A Personal Investigation which contains a portfolio of practical work and a related written study (60% of total A Level).

An examination unit based on an exam paper released on the 1st February in the second year. Students will have several weeks to investigate and respond to their chosen question before producing a final piece of work in the 15 hour exam (40% of total A’Level).

Future opportunities

Continue with further studies in Art. Most students go on to Foundation Courses and identify areas of specialisation in Design or the Fine Arts leading to degrees and/or vocational qualifications. This includes areas like Fashion, Textiles, Graphics, Photography and Jewellery Design and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Langley School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years