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Art and Design A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

A Level Fine Art enables students to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Fine Art through drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and multimedia approaches. They will visit exhibitions and experience workshops such as life-drawing run by practicing artists. 

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a B grade in Fine Art or Unendorsed Art and Design or Art Textiles or Graphic Communications at GCSE.


The 2 year A Level course will include an initial teacher led foundation project to build up students’ skills undertaken in the first term. They will then begin developing independent themes and approaches for their ‘personal investigation’ project.

At A Level the students work on an assessed extended major ‘personal investigation’ project producing a body of work which they choose independently.  This can include anything the student feels appropriate to their selected theme, issue or concept which shows a development from an initial starting point to a final realisation. 

Included at A Level is the study of how artists work and express their ideas and feelings relating to different times and contexts.  At A Level the personal investigation is supported by a written study of approximately 3,000 words.  The externally set assignment is a question paper which gives a variety of different starting points which the students select one question to respond to.  They then undertake a 15 hour exam at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

With a Fine Art A Level students can progress into further education, higher education or employment. It equips them to progress onto an Art Foundation Course, Higher National Diploma or Honours Degree in Art and Design. It is also a suitable course for students who have an interest in the subject but who do not intend to study it beyond
A level.

We have had students who successfully study art then go on to take Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Humanities at university. However, if you wish to pursue a career in Product Design, Architecture, Film, Fashion, Photography, Photojournalism, Jewellery, Graphics, Advertising, Ceramics, Technical Arts and Special Effects, Surface Pattern Design and Sculpture to name but a few, then Fine Art A Level would be a good choice.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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