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Fine Art A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

This course will give you an opportunity to develop your creative abilities predominantly in fine arts.

You will also learn by looking at the work of a number of modern and contemporary artists and will gain the confidence to analyse and understand their ideas and techniques and to use this knowledge to develop your own work.

Visits to exhibitions are arranged as part of the course.

To begin with coursework projects are teacher directed but, as the course progresses, you will increasingly become a more independent learner and develop work based on your own interests and ideas.

Although some students like to purchase some of their own materials (particularly for use at home) most materials/equipment are available in College. A Level Art students are asked to pay a £15 studio fee at the start of the year to contribute towards this. You will also need a hard backed A3 sketchbook (approx £12) and to pay for trips/visits (approx £30 for the first year and approx £40 for the second year).

Will this subject suit me?

An ideal student for this course would be one who is willing to experiment with new ideas, materials and techniques and who is really interested, not only in developing their own work but in looking at that of other artists.

Personal study time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly, but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well.

Qualification title

A level Art and Design

What students say about this subject.

There is an amazing atmosphere within the Art room and the teachers make it a pleasure to learn. There is a lot of work to be done, but if you keep on top of it, it will be reflected in your final grade.

Very hard work but teachers help you to improve loads, well worth all the time and effort.

The A level Fine Art course is an exciting, inspiring 2 year journey.  It allows you to look into the world of art and find great ways of expressing yourself.

Art is enjoyable and the teachers are lovely.

Super Duper hard, but fun.

After 2 years of hard work it is worth it in the end and along with 2 of the most supportive teachers, it is made much easier and more enjoyable.

Hard work but really enjoyed it and well worth it


Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths

Additional requirements: Grade 4 or above in an art related subject



All the practical coursework is assessed. There is a project, with a theme set by the exam board, ending with the production of a final (exam) piece of work. All work is assessed by your tutors and by a visiting examiner.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Students who decide to specialise in Art and Design can apply to the BTEC (18+) Foundation Art and Design course at Hillsborough College. This course is a 1 year full-time course from which you can progress to an Art and Design degree course.

In some cases you are able to progress straight to a university degree course in Art & Design after A levels.


Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018 4-7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 4-7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019 4-7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019 4-7pm

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: 17 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HRENA1