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Art and Design (Fine Art) A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

Studying Fine Art is the perfect way to build on success at GCSE and develop your practice as an artist to an advanced level, preparing you for further and higher education, as well as exploring the working practices of contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople.

You will be introduced to a range of fine art media, processes and techniques, including traditional and new media. You will explore the use of drawing for different purposes and use sketchbooks to underpin your work.

The exploration of images, artefacts and resources is a key and integral part of the course and will be shown through a combination of practical and written work. Work from around the world, both past and present, will be looked at. Gallery visits are an important part of the A level and students are encouraged to visit regularly and independently, in addition to attending school led trips.

Pupils are required to work in one or more of the following areas and are allowed to explore how these might, and often do, overlap:

  • Drawing and painting
  • Mixed-media, including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Installation
  • Printmaking
  • Moving image and photography


  • All units are internally assessed and externally moderated
  • Each unit is marked against Art and Design Assessment Objectives
  • The units assessed are:
    • A – Level Component 1: Personal Investigation
    • A – Level Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 

Future opportunities

The most common route that students take is a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at art-school. Some successfully apply for degree courses in the arts, or related subjects, without having to complete their Foundation.  At Blenheim High School we send pupils to some of the most prestigious art colleges in the country and we have strong links with UCA.

Further information

Trips to museums and galleries, portfolio support sessions, various exhibitions and competitions, Art Ambassadors scheme

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years