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Fine Art A Level at The Hayfield School

Course description

A Level Art is a journey of personal development through the exploration of, and experimentation with, ideas through a range of media.

It covers the five specialist areas of painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, lens-based imagery, and alternative media.

Students can choose to produce work in one area of specialism or may opt to use a variety of different media.

Course content

Year One: An emphasis on exploration, experimentation, acquisition of skills and some evidence of practical outcomes.

Year Two: Similar forms of development to the AS but much greater emphasis on substantial high quality outcomes.



Component 1: Portfolio 60% of AS

Component 2: Externally set Assignment (Preparatory Period+) 10 hours supervised time.


A Level

Component 1: Personal Investigation 60% of A Level.

Component 2: Externally set Assignment (Preparatory Period+) 15 hours supervised time.

AS can be completed as a stand-alone qualification. The full A Level will require similar work to AS in year one and then progression into Year Two.

Students will investigate contemporary art and will gain an understanding of art from different genres in relation to the subject/topic. They will explore and develop skills in drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and ceramics.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in Art and design or a related subject.

Entry to the course can be considered on an individual basis with a portfolio of work.


Formal Individual reviews and completion of an action plan every half term; peer assessment, presentations, evaluation and target setting are integral to the process.

The work is marked against the marking bands provided by the AQA examination board. It is divided into four categories; develop, experiment, record and present.

The work will be marked internally throughout the year by your teacher and then moderated by the examiner.

Future opportunities

There are over a hundred different types of degree courses in Art and Design; you may apply directly after A Level or take a more traditional route of a foundation course at college that is classed as a Year 1.

Consider your environment, everything you walk in, through, on, everything you purchase, wear, ride in, everything you watch on television, at the cinema, see at the theatre, all the fabrics and papers, packaging, posters, accessories, all these have been through the hands of a person trained in one of the disciplines of Art and Design.

Exhibiting, teaching or being an artist are not the only options!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 June 2016
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