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Fine Art A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

Art at Allerton Grange school is superb. Results are excellent and we have consistently been praised by external moderators. Fine Art includes a wide range of techniques and approaches to making artwork, including painting and drawing, printmaking and mixed media. In addition, you will use photography and ICT. Integral with the practical work is critical studies.

Anyone who has visual, creative and design interests will find this course suitable for them.

Course content

Year 12

Component 1 - Internally Set Assignment

A sustained and focused investigation involving a variety of fine art techniques. You will begin the course with a 'foundation unit' which will allow you to build upon your previous skills and explore a wide range of new techniques. Following on from this you will take a more personal approach with your work, focusing more deeply on areas of art that interest you.

Year 13

Continuation of Component 1 - Personal Investigation

Your personal choice of practical work on a chosen theme including a personal study of between 1000 - 3000 words (Written and visual) investigating an aspect of art. (September - January).

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment

Working in response to a set theme. A unit of practical work and research culminating in a 15 hour period of sustained focus in May. (January - May).

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

If you enjoy art and gain a grade 5 in Art GCSE, these courses are for you. Grade 4 or above in English is required to cope with the written work at this level.


You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams. At A level you will be assessed on your ability to work in response to a set theme. This unit of practical work culminates in the production of a timed piece in May of the second year of study. 60% of your overall grade is awarded for Component 1 (coursework) and 40% is awarded for Component 2 (examination).

Financial information

Some basic material costs providing sketch books etc. Specialist media later in the course and costs for visits to galleries and exhibitions.

Future opportunities

A significant number of students move onto higher education to courses and occupations which include: Fine Art (2D and 3D); every kind of design subject; photography; film; architecture; and history of art and design.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years

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