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Art (Fine Art) A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

Course Description 

Component 1:Personal Investigation (worth 60% of A level) and Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (worth 40% of A Level).

This is a 2 year course.


Course content

Course Content

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below.  They may explore overlapping areas and work in a combination of media:

·         Drawing and painting

·         Mixed-media, including collage and assemblage

·         Sculpture

·         Printmaking (relief, lithography, monoprinting and collagraph)

·         Moving image and photography.

The emphasis of the portfolio will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students should produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the course.

Each student must include in their portfolio:

• a selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study

• at least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This

should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation.


The externally set assignment will include a choice of 5 questions which can be used as starting points.  Students are required to select one.Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time towards a final outcome.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

5x 9-4 grades at GCSE, including grade 5 in Art.




All components are assessed by the centre and moderated at the end of the course by AQA.  Assessment is in line with the assessment objectives and students will receive regular assessment in order to respond to advice and to improve.

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Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

Usually students who want to progress through art will complete an Art Foundation course following on from A level and then progress onto a degree course. 

Art courses lead to employment within many areas of art and design ie Interior Design, Product Design, Architecture, Fashion, Textiles, Graphics, Furniture and Computer Aided Design. 

The creative industries is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.  In 2014 2.8 million jobs were in the creative sector accounting for 1 in 11 jobs in the UK.

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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: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years