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Fine Art - A Level at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

The college boasts excellent art and design resources, which include large spacious art rooms, traditional darkroom facilities, cutting edge grapics studios and industry standard computer suites.  You will be encouraged to use these creative spaces in your non-contact time to continue self-development.

Course content

The course is made up of two components - personal investigation (coursework) and the externally set assignment (examination). You are given the opportunity to research themes and artists, as well as experiment with materials, media, techniques and processes, within a fine art context. You will generate a portfolio of work that develops drawing and painting skills and creative approaches to experimental work.

In the first year, you will explore and develop a diverse range of skills through given projects and workshops including observational drawing, printmaking, painting, image transer, papermaking and resist techniques. Majority of research and development is generated through sketchbook work, leading towards a final course

In year two there are opportunities to follow a personally selected theme and explore specific pathways that best demonstrate individual strengths, for example, a large-scale painting, mixed media work, printmaking, installation, or a small scale sculpture. You will also research and explore a range of appropriate artists whose work you find inspirational and produce a short essay.

Entry requirements

3 grade Bs/5s and three grade Cs/4s at GCSE


The A-Level qualification is marked internally against criteria that you will be made aware of at the start of the course.  You are given an indication of progress at several points throughout the two years through verbal and written feedback. A subject specialist from the examination board externally moderates all of your work.

Financial information

Full time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are EU citizens

Future opportunities

Studying art and design can lead to a degree courses in fashion, textiles, fine art, architecture, product design and many other areas.  There are a wide range of career opportunities for art graduates, including a fashion stylist/ designer, community artist, costume designer, medical illustrator, exhibition designer, fine artist or graphic designer. Students can also progress internally on to our leve 4 Art and Design Foundation course.

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures that your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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