A-Levels - A Level Art and Design (ALV1) at Barnsley College
A Level Art and Design is a two-year course which provides candidiates with a range of opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.
This experience lays a foundation for further study of Art and Design or related subjects in Higher Education. It is suitable for you if you want to develop your interest and enjoyment of art and design.
Art and Design encompasses a wide range of techniques and processes with a particular emphasis on drawing.
Candidates are required to enrol to one of the following specialisms:
- Fine Art
- Graphic Communication
Students who achieve a Progress 8 score of five or better will be offered a place but must also meet individual course entry requirements to guarantee a place on each of their chosen subjects
Additional entry requirements GCSE Grade A*- C in Art and Design (Fine Art or Graphics) or Graphic Design (Graphics only)
In the first year of study, both Fine Art and Graphic Communication students study a skills-based foundation year preparing them for the first major project (Personal Investigation), worth 60% of the total A Level mark. The Personal Investigation begins towards the end of the first year of study and continues up until January of the second year to give each candidate the time needed to create individual, ambitious work with an in-depth exploration of a personal theme. This project is then followed by an externally set assignment worth 40% of the total A Level mark and encompasses a 15-hour formal exam at the end of the project.
You will be assessed via portfolio work, assignments and examinations.
If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.
You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*
You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267
FREE bus services!
We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.
Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus
Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus
South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus
Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus
These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:
You can progress to Higher Education to study a variety of art-related courses such as fine art, graphics and advertising. The portfolio of practical work produced on this course will also be useful for interviews, employment and further study. Potential career routes include: fine art, graphic design, animation, illustration, product design, media, marketing and advertising.
Additional Learning Support
Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.
We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.
Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123
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.