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Art and Design - Fine Art A Level at Pensby High School

Course description

Fine Art students will be required to produce practical and contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, photography and art created by the use of a computer. Students are required to produce two substantial units of work. The first unit requires students to submit a portfolio of carefully selected work completed over a number of weeks. The work presented should reflect each student’s response to a number of starting points. Students will be encouraged to experiment with materials and show that they are willing to investigate ideas. All the work produced during this time is marked by the teaching staff and moderated by a visiting moderator from AQA. All students will be expected to keep a sketchbook to record their ideas and observations.

Course content

Art and Design helps students develop a number of skills:

  • develop your creativity and independent thought
  • learn to express yourself visually
  • learn how to create imaginative personal work

Entry requirements

Grade C at GCSE. Some relevant experience in the use of ICT (Photoshop, Publisher).


The work of all candidates must address the four assessment objectives outlined from the start of the course. Both AS and A2 courses require two units of work being completed. For Unit 1, AS Students will be required to submit a portfolio of work that reflects the range of skills they have developed during the course. At least one project based on an idea or theme must be included in the portfolio. Unit 2 will take the form of an externally set assignment set by AQA and marked as a whole. At A2, students will be required to submit a further 2 units of work. The first unit (unit 3) will involve an extended piece of coursework supported by 1000 – 3000 words. The second unit (unit 4) takes the form of an externally set assignment, set by AQA. All units will be marked internally and moderated by AQA. An exhibition of work will be held at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study the Art Foundation National Diploma before going on to Higher Education. There are many universities that offer Fine Art courses. All good companies realise that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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