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Fine Art (A level linear – No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

 You’ll enjoy this course if :

·         You enjoy making Art

·         You have a desire to communicate with an audience through your practice

·         You have a real commitment to research and development.

·         You enjoy visiting galleries and creating and using primary sources.


You will learn drawing and painting skills and the option for life drawing at Orleans House Gallery.  We also explore print making and photography, mixed media, sculpture, installation art and analysis and development of images and ideas. You will be taught in mixed ability groups initially and in individual one to one tutorials to develop and explore engagement with the assessment objectives. We actively teach the attitudes of creativity and how to develop original ideas a as we firmly believe that creativiyty is central to our future prosperity. 

We have an excellent track record in terms of results in Art with impressive numbers of students achieving full marks in the units. We believe in in working with students on an individual basis and in empowering them to take risks with a view to producing work of an exceptional quality.  We also encourage students to find their individual voice. The vast majority of Gumley student s achieve A* at A level each year. 

Course content

The new 2 year Edexcel A level course started in September 2015 and is very open and flexible. You will build a portfolio of work in Year 12 which is thematic but individual to you. The second year is about maturation and quality.

As the course progresses individual schemes of work are developed through negotiation and discussion with teachers. Individual studio space is available. There is an expectation of at least 5 hours private study each week to include extended work, sketchbook work and visits to galleries. Some of this work can be done in the studio.

Component 1: Personal investigation and a Personal study of a minimum of 1000 words. Component 1 concludes in January of Year 13. This extended period allows you to develop your interests and skills more deeply and to make meaningful connections with the work of others. 

Component 2: ESA (Externally Set Assignment) commences in February with sketch book based enquiry into the externally set theme culminating in the 15 hour Sustained Focus. 

Entry requirements

English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. Grade B in Art GCSE.


Component  1:   60%,

Component   2:  Examination (ESA) 40% 

Future opportunities

 Art is relevant to a range of careers including design, animation, film, production, fashion design, web design, photography, product design… It will prove a valuable skill in our highly visual, multi-media world. Typically Gumley students go onto Foundation Studies in Art and Design at The University for the Arts, London (Wimbledon, Chelsea and Central St Martin’s) Kingston University and University for the Creative Arts.

You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

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