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Art and Design Fine Art A Level at Harrow College

Course description

The main purpose of the course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way. The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them, you will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology in one or more of the disciplines within art. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society. However, this course is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities.

Course content

UNIT 4: The emphasis in A2 is very much on individual choice and personal development, obviously with a great deal of help and guidance from your tutor. Your starting point for this unit of coursework may be a very broad given topic but how you approach it is up to you within the constraints of the AQA assessment objectives. (30% of A2 mark - 15% of whole A Level)

UNITS 5 or 6: You can choose between Unit 5 which is a 3,000 word illustrated essay on a topic which interests you, or Unit 6 which is a practical piece of work accompanied by at least a 1,000 word journal. In both these coursework units, you choose your subject matter and the quality of your written submission will be taken into account, particularly in Unit 5. Both units of work should show that you are able to appreciate the work of other artists, the contexts in which they were made and how you relate to them. (30% of A2 final mark - 15% of whole A Level)

UNIT 7: The final unit for A2 consists of you choosing one question from ten provided by AQA and then producing preparatory work which leads to you producing a final piece in exam conditions. (40% of A2 final mark - 20% of whole A Level)

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A*-C in National Curriculum subjects, including English and Maths and Art or Design Technology and including at least 2 grades at A/B.


The A Level course is delivered over 2 years and will be assessed in Year 2. The first year will focus on development of skills that will help you to achieve success in meeting the requirements of the assessment in Year 2. There are 2 assessed parts comprising of: a personal investigation that is supported by a written element and will count for 60% of your total A Level marks and personal response to a selected starting point which will count for 40% of your total A Level.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

A Level Fine Art is suitable for students who wish to study art, craft and design at a higher level usually at university, who are looking to take up careers for which an art background is relevant, for example, careers in advertising, publishing, architecture, museums, theatre or art gallery work, or those with an interest in and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to study it further. Creative development is also highly sought after in many varied career paths.Art Foundation Course or University (depending on amount of art courses taken)

Further information

Additional Costs: £60 materials levy per year

To find out more about this course/qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harrow College directly.

Last updated date: 11 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AL3ARTWA
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  • Number of planned places: 9

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