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Fine Art A Level at Alderman White School and Language College

Course description

The AS and A2 courses are aimed at both students who wish to extend their studies of Art & Design to degree level and follow a career as an artist/designer, and for students who wish to complement their work in either the Humanities, Science or Technology.

The course itself is very broad allowing you to develop your personal skills and ideas through the integration of practical, critical and historical study. Areas of study include drawing, painting, printing, mixed media and art history.

You will participate in gallery visits and workshops with artists and will be expected to visit exhibitions in your own time.


Unit 1 (50% of the AS grade)
A portfolio of work completed during the course is submitted for marking. Students begin by making observations, by drawing and by taking photographs. Visits to galleries and other locations will support your research. You will record your progress in your sketchbook and present all preparation work and your final piece for assessment.

Unit 2 (50% of the AS grade)
A 5 hour practical exam set by the Exam Board which will test your ability to develop your ideas from a choice of given starting points. Each unit is assessed by the centre and moderated by external moderators who visit the centre at the end of the course. The A2 follows a similar course content.

Future opportunities

Students on this course have recently progressed on to Art Foundation courses and Degree courses in Fine Art, Textiles, Product Design and Graphics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alderman White School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015

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    • Bramcote College is the Post-16 provider for The White Hills Park Federation Trust. However the College is also open to other students from outside the Federation. The College aims to meet the needs of all students within the Federation; although the majority of courses at the College are traditional A-Levels, the college does provide alternative routes at both GCSE level and A-Level in the form of BTEC qualifications. We also aim to provide a very personalised system both in terms of the curriculum we offer and the guidance we provide. In order to achieve this both teaching and tutor groups are kept small; therefore offering more individual tuition to our students.

      We believe that the success of the College rests upon three things: the progress our students make in terms of each individual reaching their potential, how many students complete their courses, and also our success in ensuring all students achieve their favoured destination whether this is higher education, training schemes or embarking on their future career. We are proud of our most recent successes, including students who have gone on to study subjects such as Medicine, Law and Teaching at a variety of The Russell Group of Universities.

      As part of the successful 2011 OFSTED inspection, the following comments were made in the report :-

      • "In the Sixth Form, strong leadership has been successful in creating a clear sixth form identity..."
      • "Higher attaining students make far better progress than students of similar abilities across the country"
      • "Lessons are characterised by teachers who are able to excite students with the subject being taught"

      Of course time in the Sixth Form is also about personal development. Our students play an active part in leadership programmes and organising activities for younger students; for example the College students act as House Captains for the Federation House system.