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Fine Art A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

Art and Design at A Level offers a path towards many careers. It is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to undertake further studies in art and design; those who wish to take up a career in which an art and design qualification is either desirable or necessary and those for whom art Is simply a way of obtaining a qualification, through self-expression and the acquisition of basic artistic techniques. The course emphasises that art is the expression of a wordless language consisting of colour, form and sensitivity. 

Course content

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas: painting, drawing and mixed media.

This Art and Design course is designed to ensure that not only your practical artistic skills and abilities should be developed, but also that the study of art and design and its various contexts should form part of your education. Therefore, in addition to simply making artefacts, your artwork should be created to reflect your personality and the work of others. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of vocational courses is a mostly C/D grade profile at GCSE.


Component 1 - Practical Coursework + Supporting Studies (60%) 

  • Students should submit supporting studies, a linked personal study of 1000-3000 words and practical outcomes from personal starting points 

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (15 Hours) (40%)

  • Students should submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) in response to the given theme. 

The externally set paper will be released to students from 1 February. The timed element of fifteen (15) hours is carried out under controlled conditions at any time at the centre's discretion after the papers are released. 

Assessment criteria:

A01 - Develop their ideas through sustained and focussed investigations informed by 
contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding 25% 
A02 - Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops 25% 
A03 - Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress 25% 
A04 - Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements 25% 

Future opportunities

Learners studying Art at A level might reasonably be expected to pursue their studies at undergraduate level in the following areas:

  • Art, 
  • Fine Art,
  • Art & Design,
  • Advertising, 
  • Architecture,
  • Graphics.
  • Graphic Arts,
  • Furniture Design
  • and many other choices and specialisms. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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