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Art A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

This is a broad-based course exploring practical, critical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media. Art, craft and design gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work. You will have the opportunity to explore and investigate specialist areas exciting processes and media to suit your own individual interests. This will prepare you for degree opportunities and careers in the creative industries ranging from fashion to architecture. If you have an adventurous, creative and enquiring mind and are excited by shaping and determining the visual world around us, then this is the subject for you.f study using a variety of

Course content

TOPICS STUDIED: Component 1- Personal investigation.
This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct an in-depth study, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material,1000-3000 words. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2- Externally set assignment.
A question paper will be provided by the exam board. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Following receipt of the paper, students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time.

Component 1-Personal investigation 60% of A-Level
Component 2- Externally set assignment 40% of A- Level


Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.


This is a new specification and a linear course which starts in year 12 and will be completed in year 13. Assessment of the students work will be ongoing using the exam boards assessment criteria grid. Written and verbal feedback will be provided on a weekly basis and half term milestones will mark the assessment objective the student is working on.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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