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Art & Design: Fine Art at Richard Hale School

Course description

Awarding Body: OCR

What students can expect of the course

For this examination Art is defined as Fine Art. The specifications have been devised to combine breadth and depth of study with the freedom of choice required to accommodate a range of abilities. Progression from the emphasis on breadth at AS to depth at A2 is achieved by various units emphasizing particular assessment objectives.

The specifications enable a smooth progression from GCSE to AS/A2, and from AS/A2 to further and higher education.

Students should be aware of the need for consistent effort right from the start of this progressive course with its high coursework content.

Students have access to a working area within the department during study periods, lunch breaks and after school. Specialist help is always at hand.

Students are expected to work independently and cultivate an interest in the current arts scene by regular reading and viewing appropriate materials, as well as attending exhibitions as often as possible.

Course content

AS Level

Fine Art Coursework Portfolio

This is made up of several smaller units of investigative art exploring one project title. Students build up work shop experience in a range of media including the attendance of life drawing classes in order to arrive at a final work of art in 2/3D. The portfolio should show evidence of the student's knowledge of the works of other artists and provide evidence of exhibitions visited.

Controlled Assignment (examination).

Students research and investigate a topic chosen from starting points provided by OCR. They demonstrate in sketchbooks or by other means a development of ideas culminating in a plan of a final piece of work. The five hour exam enables them to produce a more finished version of the planned final piece.

A2 Level

Fine Art Personal Investigation

Students investigate through practical work a project title of their choice agreed with their teachers. Part of the study must include a strongly related personal study of between 1000 - 3000 words to reflect the in depth research and historical investigations made during the course of the project.

Controlled Assignment (examination)

Students research and investigate one topic chosen from starting points provided by OCR examining board. They have approximately six weeks planning time in order to prepare themselves for a fifteen hour exam in which they will create their final outcome.

Entry requirements

It is usual for students to have a grade B at GCSE Art.


Please refer to school brochure

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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