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Fine Art & Photography Edexcel A Level at The Sixth Form at Cornwallis Academy

Course description

A Level Art & Design 

Course content

Photography Unit 1: 60% of the final mark Personal Portfolio Students develop a self directed portfolio of work produced during the course. Work is produced in their chosen specialism. They select and present the work that meets the 4 Assessment Objectives for Art and Design The Assessment Objectives Each AO is 25% of the Coursework Mark Develop Try a wide range of ideas based on a starting point. This is usually a theme or concept and is underpinned by an artist or movement in art Experiment Explore a wide range of materials and techniques to explore the theme, working from direct observation and reviewing and refining ideas and processes Record Working from direct observation make sketches, written notes, take photographs, use different materials in response to the theme Present Make an informed series of outcomes that respond to the theme and link with the artist studied. Students who achieve high marks in this AO often relate their outcome to personal experience, opinions and interests.


Unit 2: 40% of the final mark Externally Set Assignment-Completed Preparatory Period This is set by the exam board and delivered over a 4 week period where students prepare work under the 4 Assessment Objectives Each AO is 25% of the Externally Set Assignment All of the AOS studied in Unit 1 are covered during the preparatory period but students have the opportunity to fully explore AO4 during the timed assessment Develop Experiment Record Present

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 5 at GCSE. Students with Grade 4 will be considered with a good portfolio of work in a chosen endorsement and an interview with the head of department prior to September. External Applicants (Including NLL) will be required to bring a portfolio of work for an interview with the Head of Department in addition to any level 2 qualifications they have.


Students research and produce a 1,500 to 3,000 word dissertation or illustrated display on an area that relates to their practical portfolio.


Students have completed a 15 hour timed assessment in their chosen specialism.

Further information

Entry requirements: 

GCSE Art and Design level 5 or above


BTEC Art and Design Merit or above

Alternatively, a good portfolio or work in a chosen endorsement and an interview with the Head of Art

External applicants you will be required to bring your portfolio of work for an interview with the Head of Art in addition to any Level 2 qualification you have.



How to apply

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Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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