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AS/A2 Fine Art at Cockburn John Charles Academy

Course description

Candidates will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques. Knowledge of art, craft and design will be developed through research, the development of ideas and making, working from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials.

Candidates are required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent, including at least a grade B in GCSE Art and Design, or a distinction in BTEC first art, and grade C in English


AS level (2 units)

Unit 1 Portfolio 50% total AS mark (25% total A-level mark)

Candidates produce a collection of two and/or three dimensional work which includes at least one extended practice aimed at developing particular skills or extending their knowledge of other artist’s designers, craftspeople and photographers.

Unit 2 Controlled assignment 50% total AS mark (25% total A-level mark)

An externally set assignment in which candidates respond to one of five starting points. Work is undertaken February to May. Candidates undertake 5 hours of supervised time to develop initial ideas following an initial period of research.

A2 level (2 units)

Unit 3 Personal investigation (25% total A-level mark)

Candidates produce practical work and a written investigation of 1000-3000 words linked to their practical work. Their practical work should be linked in some way to contemporary or past practice of artists, designers, craftspeople or photographers.

Unit 4 Controlled assignment (25% of total A-level)

An externally set assignment in which candidates respond to one of eight staring points. Work is undertaken between February – May and cumulates in 15 hours of supervised time in which they are expected to fully realise their ideas.

Future opportunities

The skills acquired will be essential for students who see themselves as painters, graphic designers, fashion and textile designers, film makers, interior design consultants and for career paths where an Art background is becoming increasingly relevant in advertising, publishing, architecture, museums, theatre or Art gallery work.

Students who take the course will produce a portfolio of work that can be used for either direct entry onto degree courses or onto a one year Pre-BA Foundation Course. It is often mandatory for applicants onto Arts related degree courses to submit a folio of work executed in a range of disciplines in Art, Craft and Design.

The course is also suitable for students who have an interest and aptitude for the subject but do not at this stage feel they intend to take the subject beyond AS or A-level.

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: 19 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September