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Fine Art A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

Art requires a highly committed approach at A Level in order to maintain high levels of creative thinking alongside other subjects. A willingness to research independently and experiment creatively with a variety of materials and techniques is essential. The keeping of a work journal is required in all components. Please be aware, Art coursework is demanding and requires considerable input from students. Extra non-contact sessions will be timetabled to aid independent study.

Students will gain a full A-Level in Art and Design, as well as valuable research and development skills, alongside developing artist techniques with a variety of mediums. We will endeavour to support their developing art knowledge with external lectures, life drawing classes, and trips to galleries and museums.

Course content

Component One

This is a practical component where students present work based on a personal issue, interest or concern. This self-directed study takes the form of researching, designing and exploring several outcomes using a variety of different materials including painting and drawing, textiles, sculpture, instillation, photography and moving image. A personal study of 3000 words will also support this project.

Component Two

External exam project.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Art is recommended but grade C will be considered with presentation of a portfolio.


Component One (60%) Practical portfolio of work based on a personal issue, interest or concern. This is also supported by a written personal study of 1000-3000 words.

Component Two (40%) Externally set assignment culminating in a 15 hour practical examination.

Future opportunities

This course can lead on to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or university degree. It is a desirable qualification for any creative occupation such as beauty, visual merchandising, graphic design, photography, marketing/advertising, architecture, jewellery/costume design, interior design, film making/theatre design and the fashion industry. Previous students have gone on to achieve success in all of the above courses at university or work placements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years