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Art and Design (Fine Art) A Level at Rainham Mark Grammar School

Course description

To develop practical skills and knowledge and understanding about Art and Design.

Course content

Students learn to record and draw using a wide range of materials and techniques. They will have the opportunity to experiment with different printmaking techniques, Digital Photography and Photo Shop. They investigate and study the work of a wide range of artists and designers from different times, styles and genres. Students also develop ideas for their own work, taking account of what they have learnt and refining these ideas into final projects and 2D or 3D pieces of work. We take part in Life Drawing days at UCA (University for the Creative Arts) Rochester and visits to galleries and exhibitions. Students follow the AQA Art and Design (Fine Art) specification.

Entry requirements

Students must have a 6 grade or above in the subject at GCSE.






Year 12    Students produce a portfolio of practical coursework, which includes two finished projects, using a range of experimental materials and approaches. This includes observational drawing and research into the work of a range of artists, mixed media and collage, oil painting and printmaking. The skills, approaches and techniques used will prepare them for A2 study, or for application to Art college courses.

A2 Level – Year 13 Students at A2 level produce one unit of practical coursework, on a subject of their choice, with a written study on a related theme.  The written personal study is 1000-3000 words. This coursework is 60% of the marks given. The A2 exam is a set paper with preparation time and a 15 hour practical session. This counts for 40% of the marks for A2.


Future opportunities

Art and Design can lead to a range of creative courses at University. Every year students gain places at the University for Creative Arts at Rochester, as well as a range of courses from Fashion and Architecture to Art Conservation and Design.  For students applying for other subjects, A level Art is accepted as a suitable A level by almost all universities and is a valuable and enjoyable balance to a timetable of academic subjects. Students study Art because they love doing practical work and being creative, they enjoy using materials and techniques and want to find out more about historical, modern and contemporary Art, in the context of a practical course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainham Mark Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2017
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    • Contact name:
    • Mr O'Neill
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01634 364151
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    • Rainham Mark Grammar School is an 11-18 Selective School, currently we have over 880 students aged 11-16 and over 340 aged 16-18 taking AS and A2 levels. We aim to be a friendly, caring and stimulating community which motivates young people to enjoy learning, participate enthusiastically in wider activities and make the most of their abilities.