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A2 Level : Art (Fine Art) at English Martyrs Catholic School

Course description

Students will explore a range of materials and techniques, experimenting and refining whilst developing their ideas, making connections to the work of other artists.  They will need to be able to research and analyse the work of other artists with confidence, showing a fluent use of appropriate specialist vocabulary.

Students will use recording skills such as photography, observational drawing (including first hand) and written annotations about their own work, which shows that they can reflect on their work and make progress.

They will create work which is informed by the work of others, yet is personal and achieves the outcome they intended in a skilful and meaningful way.

Entry requirements

A grade C or above at GCSE.

A proven record of a positive attitude and commitment to studies within Art, Craft and Design


Students are assessed against the four assessment objectives, which follow on from GCSE and are equally weighted.

There will be one unit which is known as the Coursework Portfolio, which accounts for 50% of the marks and an Externally Set Assignment which accounts for the other 50%.  The Coursework Portfolio runs from September to January and the examination preparatory period begins on 1st February and ends with the examination session of 5 hours in early May.

Exam Board: AQA

Future opportunities

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, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 20 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year