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Fine Art A Level at The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Course description

If you have ability in a creative area, grasp it and let it shine! This course is a brilliant opportunity for you to express yourself creatively, explore a variety of fine art mediums, whist gaining an A Level in a subject that demands critical thinking, resourcefulness and independent research, all desirable and transferable skills you can use in the future.

On this course, you will begin with workshops, teaching you a variety of mediums and processes. You will learn skills for recording, analysis and the creation of a visual response to your own chosen area of study. There is something magical about smearing paint and pastel or sculpting with your hands. So if you do choose to study Fine Art, chances are, it will be your favourite class of the day.

Entry requirements

Year 12: Introduction to Fine Art- Fine Art enables students to develop and explore skills in a broad range of media. Initial emphasis is on developing a working knowledge of materials in both 2D and 3D approaches.

Year 12/13: Personal Investigation: students research and explore a theme of their choice.

Year 13: Externally set assignment: 15 hour supervised time plus preparatory period.


Students will be regularly assessed throughout the personal investigation and guided on a one to one basis. The A Level paper is set on February 1st and consists of 8 exciting, flexible starting points. Following a preparatory period, students complete a personal response in a 15 hour exam. The Personal Investigation and the externally set task are marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Personal Investigation: 60%
Externally set assignment: 40%

Future opportunities

While Art continues to be a desirable option for students wishing to pursue ‘traditional’ creative careers, such as Architecture or Interior Design, the internet has seen an explosion of exciting, new roles emerge. The demand for web designers, app designers, software designers, animation artists, game designers and many other digital careers is undergoing unprecedented growth.

Further information

Students will have the opportunity to explore artwork up close by visiting galleries. They will get the chance to explore arts within creative industries on our trip to Warner Bros, “The making of Harry Potter”. In the past students have been to London and Paris. In the future students may also have the opportunity to visit New York.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop Wand Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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