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Fine Art AQA A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to the Fine Art course. Knowledge of art, craft and design is to be developed through research, the development of ideas and making, working from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials. Students will be required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry.

Course content

Learning Method:
Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs or above at GCSE level, including a C or above in
this subject.


A Level

Unit 1: Personal Investigation - Non-exam assessment, no time limit (60% of A level)

This is a practical investigation supported by written material.


Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.


The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.


The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople. The written material must confirm understanding of creative decisions, providing evidence of all four assessment objectives by:

• clarifying the focus of the investigation

• demonstrating critical understanding of contextual and other sources

• substantiating decisions leading to the development and refinement of ideas

• recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions by reflecting critically on practical work

• making meaningful connections between, visual, written and other elements.


Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment- Non-exam assessment. Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time (40% of A level)


Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.


Preparatory period - from 1 February

Following receipt of the paper students should consider the starting points and select one.


Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.


Supervised time – 15 hours

Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive. In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 September 2016

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