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Fine Art A level at Wadham School

Course description

If you are interested in … Art and Design and want to develop your creative skills and eventually work in the Creative Industries …or you think you might be good at …expressing your ideas visually, developing the design process and working creatively and imaginatively, then the A level course in Fine Art may be the course for you.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C or above; at least a B in Art.


Exam Board AQA

Continuous assessment.

For the AS, there are two units. A portfolio including at least one extended project (comprising both written component and practical work) and an externally set assignment (with a 60%/40% weighting) similar to the GCSE Art and Design course.

For the 2 year course, there are also two assessed units: The portfolio and an externally set assignment (again, 60%/40% weighting). The difference comes in the standards expected as you have two terms in Year 12 to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding before you embark on the Personal Investigation for the portfolio, which should be self-directed.

Future opportunities

The course will provide you with a sound base from which to progress to Higher Education, either by applying direct to degree courses or via a one year Foundation Diploma. The creative industry is a major player in Britain’s economic growth and provides a broad based jobs market, such as graphics, multimedia design, photography, fashion, textiles, interior design, design crafts, and fine art.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years