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Art - Fine Art A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

Fine Art may be defined as work which is produced as an outcome of the students’ personal experience, rather than that which is created exclusively for a practical function or that which is the outcome of a tightly prescribed brief.

The AS course is made up of two coursework units – Unit 2 is an 8 hour exam after 8 weeks of preparatory studies.

Similarly, there are 2 units of coursework at A2. One unit is a personal study supported by written work and the final Unit 4 is a controlled 12 hour exam after 8 weeks of preparatory studies.

The areas you would work in as part of this course are

  • painting & drawing
  • mixed media
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • landart, installation, construction, assemblage
  • digital lens based media

Students use a variety of mediums including acrylics, coloured inks, pastels and coloured pencils. The work produced may include still life, portraiture, landscape, abstract or figurative compositions. Three-dimensional work is produced using plaster, wood, plastics, wire and found materials.

Course content

Project themes are set to the group; Students produce a research sketchbook, which is an ongoing homework, and includes investigation of the work of artists. This supports work produced in studio sessions. Work is complimented by study visits to galleries and museums. A programme of workshops teach a range of 2D and 3D skills. Work is assessed on a continual tutorial basis so that individual students can develop their own personal skills and ideas.

Continual assessment notes are made and agreements made between staff and students to progress work on a weekly basis.

Formal assessments and feedback take place on a regular basis throughout the course, and at the end of Unit 1.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

GCSE Grade C in an art or design related subject.

Students should also meet the general college entry requirements for advanced level study. Please refer to the current Prospectus – Advanced Programmes, entry requirements.

GCSE Grade B is a minimum requirement for students wanting to take two art and design subjects. Anyone wishing to do this should speak to a member of the art staff prior to enrolment.


AS Level
At AS an 8 week preparation period is allowed to create research and development work for a chosen examination starting point – a controlled test of 8 hours takes place under supervision.

A2 Level
A2 as above with a 12 hour controlled examination period.

Future opportunities

A recommended basis for development of skills before progression to the one year full-time post A-level course – BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design.

Students on this course have progressed to prestigious Higher Education Art & Design courses throughout the UK, including Goldsmiths College (University of London), Central St Martins (London College of Arts) and Kingston University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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