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Fine Art at Carshalton High School for Girls

Course description

Through which you can express your own ideas. You will follow the Edexcel’s GCE in Art & Design which encourages personal, creative and imaginative approaches with increased recognition for new media within each endorsement this allowing you to find a personal and entirely appropriate expression for your ideas.

In all art courses you will be shown how to extend your existing skills and will be encouraged to experiment with materials to enhance your visual language. You will also be given opportunities to discover where your talents and interests lie. As your work gains direction it is important that you relate your own work to that of other artists and designers. This will strengthen your work and provide a context for your own emerging ideas.


Course content

All Art and Design courses provide a stimulating and exciting exploration into the varied art specialisms. You will develop ideas by researching into other artists and be encouraged to examine the world around you visually. You will work through a variety of techniques and learn to work with appropriate media, materials and processes. As an Art and Design student, you will be expected to write about your work, to express personal, creative ideas and produce final outcomes using a range of approaches and methods. You will be expected to visit and document galleries and exhibitions. You will primarily develop your art in workbooks and on sheets of paper a range of scales; final pieces are produced in a wide range of sizes and on a variety of surfaces. It is possible to study three Art and Design courses as part of your timetable.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements to do this A level are 5 A* - C grades in 5 different subjects. The best foundation for success is at least a B grade at GCSE in Art or a grade C with a portfolio of work. Students will need enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and persevere with work, along with a keen interest in developing their own skills and learning more about artists.


The course consists of an exam at the end of year 13, and a mock exam in year 12 for the full A2 course.

Component 1 is worth 60% of the final weighting which is coursework and essay based. Component 2 is worth 40% of the final weighting which is externally set and exam based.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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