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Art & Design (Fine Art) AS & A Level at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School

Course description

For the first time this year students will start a generic combined Fine Art and graphic Communication course for the first project in the first year. During this time candidates will explore the disciplines of both Fine art and Graphics. Exploring techniques, practices, materials and critical studies of related artists and designers.

Only after assessing where their interests and skills lie will students then make an informed decision about which A level they will then follow. All work completed will count for their chosen discipline and subsequent projects will then be completed following these specifications. Students will untimely be awarded an A level in either Fine Art of graphic communication. This new course structure will enable candidates to maximise their potential and follow a very personalised creative pathway

Fine Art

Art & Design at A Level has been designed for a broad range of candidates. It is particularly suitable for: those who enjoy painting, drawing, print-making, constructing, modelling, fabricating; those who enjoy making, investigating, handling traditional and/or contemporary media, materials, techniques and tools, and those students who like inventing, improvising, planning and designing and using historical and contemporary influences and references.

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of any Art, Craft or Design based Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) course after successfully completing a level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies, Art & Design. You can study these at Knowsley Arts Centre (Knowsley Community College), Liverpool Arts Centre (Liverpool Community College), Carmel College (St Helens), St Helens College or Alsop High School in Liverpool.

Course content

This GCE specification is designed to enable candidates to experience art, craft and design thoroughly and comprehensively. Their knowledge, understanding and skills will be enhanced by integrated practical and theoretical elements. Their ability to be creative, imaginative and to communicate in visual and spatial form will be challenged and extended.

The specification is designed to encompass four principal areas:

  • Contextual Understanding
  • Creative Making
  • Reflective Recording
  • Personal Presentation

Entry requirements

GCSE grades A*- C in a minimum of 5 subjects (to include English and Mathematics). GCSE C grade in Art and Design.


Reformed A level

  • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry Non-exam Assessment - 40% of A level qualification
  • Unit 2: Personal Investigation Non-exam Assessment - 36% of qualification
  • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment Non-exam Assessment - 24% of qualification

Future opportunities

Some Artistic career options

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art Practice in the Community
  • Computer Aided Product Design
  • Graphics Design
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Design Management
  • Electronic Design
  • Illustration/ Calligraphy and Bookbinding
  • Museum and Exhibition curator
  • Arts and Events managers
  • Film Studies
  • Costume Design/ Set Design
  • Product Design
  • Computer Games Design
  • Car Design
  • Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Freelance Artists
  • Practicing artist Textile/Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • Metal ware/Jewellery/silversmith Designer
  • Furniture Design
  • Glass Design
  • Garden Design
  • Knitwear
  • Model Making

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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