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Sixth Form - Art and Design A Level (ALV1) at Barnsley College

Course description

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.


Course content

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:

  1. Fine Art
  2. Graphic Communication


Entry requirements

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)


Learning Methods

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.

Financial information

Financial support

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.

Guaranteed bursaries

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:

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123


Future opportunities

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.

Further information

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.

Information Unit

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.

Drop in:

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.

Last updated date: 28 May 2019
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