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Fine Art A Level at St Olave's Grammar School

Course description

Fine Art: Painting, drawing, sculpture, lens-based imagery, alternative media.

Course content

AS Units

Personal Investigation [preparation studies]

This is a combined written and practical unit, linking Historical/contextual/contemporary themes and/or artists with pieces of practical artwork in any media.

  • Candidates produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes of their choice.
  • The focus is on including work that shows exploration, research, acquisition of techniques and skills.
  • This includes a 3000 word essay on a related topic.

​Controlled Assignment [100% of AS marks]

  • Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper.
  • Candidates are then given five hours of controlled time to work on
    developing their ideas to realisation(s)/outcome(s).

A-Level Units

Personal investigation [60% of A Level]

(internally assessed and externally moderated)

This can should continue on from progress made at AS.

• Learners should produce two elements:

  1. a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the learner or centre
  2. a related study: an extended response of a guided 3000 words. Controlled Assignment (20% of total A- Level]

Entry requirements

At least an A Grade in GCSE Art is required by students who wish to study Art at A-Level. Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.

Future opportunities

The dept. is very successful at placing students in higher education in all the appropriate disciplines – Art Foundation, Architecture, Photography, Graphics and Art History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Olave's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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