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Art and Design - Fine Art A Level at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description


If you enjoy working with visual images and particularly enjoy making drawings, paintings and sculptures, then you should study Fine Art. Fine Art is a very ‘hands-on’ practical course and can be extremely rewarding.  There are also a number of career options that you can pursue as a result of studying Fine Art; previous students have gone on to become artists, architects, illustrators, designers, teachers, advertising creatives, etc. etc.


You should have a keen interest in visual art generally and enjoy making images. You will be introduced to both traditional ways of working in Fine Art, as well as challenging experimental approaches. You should enjoy visiting Art galleries, to look at both historical as well as contemporary art.

Course content

During the A level course you will study approaches in 2D (drawing, painting and printmaking) as well as 3D (sculpture and installation). Some students also get the chance to work with video cameras and make short ‘art’ film. Throughout the course you will study modern and contemporary artists. You will be expected to make notes and analyse art works which relate to your own projects.

In the A2 year you will develop your skills further by producing more in-depth and ambitious work. Over the duration of the course you will explore the idea of Fine Art as visual language and you will learn how to make work that visually communicates your personal ideas.

Entry requirements

You need to have met the standard college entry requirements of five GCSEs grade C or above. You should have a GCSE in Art and Design at A* - C.

It is also preferable for you to have a GCSE grade C or above in English as you will have to write an in-depth essay in the second year.

If you don’t have a GCSE at grade C or above in a relevant subject, please do not be put off, come and talk to us.


All your work will be assessed by your subject tutor. At different times during the course you will be asked to hand in your work so that your progress can be monitored. You will receive feedback from your tutor, advising you on what to do to improve your grade. At the end on each topic you will submit your work for final assessment.

The course is made up of 2 components.

Component 1 (60%) is the coursework component and here you will submit a sketchbook and a folder of work for assessment. In the second year you will study.

Component 2 (40%) which is externally set so you are given an exam paper with different projects to choose from. Following an initial period of preparation time in lessons, you will have a timed exam to complete a final piece. There is no revision as all the work is practical.

Financial information

Art and Design can be an expensive subject to study. At Prior Pursglove College you will be given lots of materials free of charge. Depending on the Art course you take these studio items include materials such as charcoal and pastels, acrylic paint, oil paint, water based and oil based printing inks, paper, photographic chemicals, sewing threads, calico, silk, batik wax, fabric dyes and inks.

We ask students to contribute £20 towards the cost of materials as you begin your course in September; this enables us to cover some of the costs of the materials we supply to you.

If you are enrolled on 2 or more Art based subjects the cost will be capped at £30 per year. You will also have free access to SLR and digital cameras, computers, sewing machines, darkroom equipment and printing facilities.

Future opportunities

Like every other A level programme, Fine Art is an academic qualification and, as such, is useful for progression into higher education. Fine Art students progress to a whole range of careers including artist, teacher, architect, art historian and art critic among many, many others.

Many students do decide that they would like to continue with their art studies at a higher level and there are a number of progression routes available to you.

The usual route is to study a Foundation Diploma Course before applying to do Art and Design at degree level and we would recommend that students follow this line. However, we have had students who have wanted to apply directly to universities from ‘A’ level and many have been successful in obtaining places.  

Further information


We expect our students to be well motivated and enthusiastic. You must attend all lessons and never book holidays in term time as this can seriously affect your overall grade.

Each week you will be given a homework task which will underpin and reinforce ideas explored in lessons. You will be expected to spend 4 hours on homework tasks each week.

In addition to your lessons you will have access to the Art and Design studios in your Personal Study Periods.  We encourage our students to accompany us on gallery visits, which in the past have included local, national, as well as international venues.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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