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Art & Design: Fine Art A Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

Although demanding in both time and commitment, we believe this course to be challenging and fulfilling. The course provides the ideal platform for any student wishing to pursue the extensive career opportunities in the design or creative and visual arts field.

Course content

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • An appreciation of the visual world and to respond to it in an individual and creative way.
  • To interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using a wide range of drawing and painting media.
  • To develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills.
  • Developing the specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Can work independently and creatively in a variety of different media.
  • Have an aptitude for the subject
  • Prefer a practical course – the emphasis in this course is learning by doing.
  • Have a keen interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art.

Most work takes place in the Sixth Form Art Studio which students can access throughout the school day. Students will also broaden their knowledge via gallery and exhibition visits.

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.



The A Level comprises 2 components:

Component 1: (60%)

Part 1 – practical work:

From personal starting points students submit:

  • Supporting studies
  • Practical outcome(s)

Part 2 – personal study:

Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

Externally set, broad-based theme released to teachers and students on 1st February. Sustained focus period of 15 hours’ controlled assessment in which students create final response(s) to the theme.

Students submit:

  • Preparatory studies
  • Practical outcome(s)

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.

Future opportunities

What Career opportunities lead from this course?

The answer is lots!

There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university.

Examples of careers are:

  • advertising
  • publishing
  • architecture
  • museums
  • animation
  • work in fashion
  • theatre
  • art gallery work

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2017

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