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Art and Design (Fine Art) A level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

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.

Course content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, GCSE Grade B in Art based subject, Grade C in English Language.


Unit 1: Coursework + Personal Study (1000 words minimum) 60% of A Level.

Unit 2: Preparatory studies plus 15 hours of controlled assessment over three consecutive weeks 40% of A Level.

Future opportunities

A good grade in Art and Design at A Level is valued by universities and employers, as it requires you to demonstrate the ability to solve creative problems and think independently.  This course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Art and/or Photography in higher education, for example on a Foundation course at an Art College, from which students go on to study subjects such as Fashion, Product Design, Fine Art and Interior Design. Students often study Architecture after completing an A Level in Art and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years