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Fine Art, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Are you passionate about drawing and painting? Do you want to experiment with a range of artistic techniques and processes? Here at OSFC we want to help you harness your creative skills to help you create your very own masterpieces, whilst also developing your critical and analytical approach to art.

You’ll have the opportunity to go on a range of trips such as a residential to Paris or Barcelona, visits to galleries in London and Manchester, the Pre-degree Foundation course at The Oldham College and the Pre-degree Foundation and Degree shows at Manchester Metropolitan University. There are also opportunities to view the portfolios of visiting artists and designers and discuss with them their experience in art and design.


Course content

Year 1

Component 1: You will produce practical work through drawing, painting and printmaking. This is a portfolio unit worth 60% of the marks.

Component 2. This is a set assignment worth 40% of the AS marks. You will choose one of five questions to be used as starting points and develop your work building on skills learnt in component 1.

Year 2

Component 1. This is a personal investigation component which consists of coursework and is worth 60% of the marks. You will produce practical work through drawing, painting and printmaking leading to a final outcome.

Component 2. This is an assignment which is set by the exam board and is worth 40% of the marks. You will have a choice of eight questions which you will choose one as a starting point.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


100% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • University of Huddersfield - Contemporary Art & Illustration
  • University of Huddersfield - Interior Design
  • MMU - Product Design and Technology
  • The University of Oxford - Fine Art with French Studies

Careers Destinations

  • Fine Artist
  • Museum/Gallery Curator
  • Printmaker
  • Education
  • Architecture
  • Engineering

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • 3D Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Maths
  • Drama

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: 01 October 2018
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