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Art (Fine Art) A Level at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

A-Level Fine Art is a practical course with written content which allows students who have interest and aptitude in the subject to further their studies through the disciplines of painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture and lens-based image making.

Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free of external constraints.

Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology.

Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.

Course content

You will study 3 main units over the 2-year course:

Unit 1 – Introductory unit -Students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.

Unit 2 - Development of the personal project including the written component. Students will have an internal exam.

Unit 3 - Externally set Assignment from the Exam Board

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will have achieved at least a grade B in Art at GCSE.


By continual assessment and a controlled assessment within school

All units are assessed and graded internally by the school and a visiting moderator from the exam board. The coursework units comprise 60% of the overall mark and the externally set piece 40% for A-Level.

Personal investigation:
Part 1: Practical work (72 marks). From personal starting points, students submit supporting studies and personal outcome(s).

Part 2: Personal study (18 marks). Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words

Externally Set assignment: Sustained focus period of 15 hours of controlled assessment in which students create a final response to the theme. (72 marks). Students submit preparatory studies and personal outcome(s)

Future opportunities

Students who wish to further their studies in an art related field can either apply by means of a portfolio interview straight to university for degree courses or choose the traditional route of BTEC foundation in Art and Design at college or university. Careers that require an Art and Design qualification include Graphic Design, illustration, Photography, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Computer Animation, Sculpting, Film Making, Art Restoration, Advertising, Video Art, Art Therapy, Automotive Design and Design of Theatrical Scenery.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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