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Fine Art AQA AS Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to the Fine Art course. Knowledge of art, craft and design is to be developed through research, the development of ideas and making, working from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials. Students will be 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.

Course content

Learning Method:
Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.

Entry requirements

  • Grade C GCSE in Art essential 



Unit 1: Portfolio - Non-exam assessment, no time limit (60% of AS)


Students choose one of the titles for study throughout AS. The contents of the portfolio will be determined by the nature of the course of study. The emphasis of this component 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 AS 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. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their

work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.


Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment Preparatory time plus 10 hours supervised time (40% of AS)


Students will be given a question paper at the start of the assignment. These will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one.

• Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that.

• Preparatory work may be presented in any suitable format such as sketchbooks/workbooks, on design sheets or mounted sheets.

• Where appropriate to the student’s area of study, it may include test pieces, samples, models or maquettes.

• Where appropriate, sources should be identified and acknowledged

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September