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Art and Design: Fine Art GCE A Level at Oriel High School

Course description

The AS Fine Art course will enable you to build and develop on the creative skills that
you learnt at GCSE. You will have the opportunity to learn new painting and drawing
techniques and have the freedom to experiment with and develop your own ideas.
Studying an art course helps you to learn how to make sense of the visual world around you, how to think creatively and how to communicate your ideas to others, as well as giving you the confidence to express yourself to a range of audiences.
Many students go on to study an Art Foundation course or Art and Design related degree course at University.

Course content

You will have eight timetabled lessons a fortnight and one extra life drawing session in the autumn term. Our expectation will be that you spend a minimum of one hour per lesson working independently on your Art projects.
Students aiming for high grades should be prepared to devote much more time to their work.
In each year students will produce:
»» Component 1 - Personal Investigation (coursework) 50% Designed from personal starting points, you will submit supporting studies and your personal outcomes.
»» Component 2 – Externally set Assignment (exam) 50% Externally set by the board in term 2, 10 hours controlled assessment plus submission of preparatory studies.
»» In addition A Level students submit a Personal Study for the Personal Investigation.

Entry requirements

We would prefer that students have achieved a C grade or above in an Art and Design
GCSE subject.
If you have not studied Art at GCSE you will be required to complete a mini art project so that we can assess your skill level before joining the course.


Your work for will be marked using four assessment objectives.
AO1 Develop AO2 Refine AO3 Record AO4 Present

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years