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Art (Fine Art) A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Students will develop a wide range of skills in both two or three dimensions, exploring; drawing, painting, print-making, photography, textiles and sculpture.  In addition to this, students will be taught how to develop their critical analysis skills by deconstructing the work of other artists, whilst evaluating their own work. 


Course content

Units that will be studied

The course comprises of:

  • Component 1: This comprises of a personal study which takes the form of a portfolio of work, produced in response to a theme, chosen by the student.  This is also accompanied by a written essay of at least 1000 words, which supports the work produced, explains the concepts investigated, whilst demonstrating how the project has developed in response to the chosen artists.  This component is worth 60% of the final grade.
  • Component 2: This is an externally set exam question which is issued at the start of February in the final year.  Students are required to build a portfolio of work, in response to their chosen question and produce a final outcome in a timed 15 hour controlled, practical exam.  This component is worth 40% of the final grade.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum grade 6 or equivalent Art & Design GCSE.

5 or above grade in English and mathematics, along with 3 other 9 to 5 grades (or equivalent).



Students' work is assessed against these four assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

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Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

Most students are expected to apply to join a Foundation Diploma course at UCA in Canterbury or Rochester - a 1 year course which acts as the spring board into a wide range of degree options.  From fashion to film, graphics to jewellery the choice is highly individual.  Final employment is likely to be within the creative industries, which is a thriving sector of the economy.

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: 29 October 2018
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