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Fine Art (A-level)

This A-level enables learners to explore, research and acquire techniques while developing their skills, knowledge and understanding of Fine Art. It provides a thorough and rewarding study programme, exploring traditional methods and/or digital techniques. You will undertake extensive practical and theoretical/historical studies, with the discipline of drawing at the core.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

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This A-level course will enable learners to explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Fine Art. The course provides a thorough and rewarding programme of study, exploring traditional methods and/or digital techniques. You will undertake extensive practical and theoretical/historical studies, always with the discipline of drawing at the core.

Learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as portraiture, landscape, still life, human form, abstraction, experimental imagery, narrative, installation, and working in a genre. Combinations of these areas are also possible.

Students of Fine Art are expected to demonstrate specialisation with materials, media or processes to allow for an appropriate depth of study within set projects. Possible Fine Art processes include drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, mixed media, digital art, and installation.

If you are interested in studying A-level Fine Art, you may also be interested in our additional pathways, Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design: Creative or Level 3 Higher Foundation in Art and Design. All A-level applicants are encouraged to research alternative pathways before accepting their offer to study A-levels

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

In addition, you should have GCSE Art and Design or a similar creative subject at grade 5 or above. 

A small portfolio of your work will be required. You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in art and design and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.


The Advanced GCE in Fine Art consists of two components, both teacher assessed and externally moderated.

Component 01: Personal investigation

There are two distinct elements:

  • A practical portfolio with supporting contextual research in response to a set theme. The portfolio may be presented in a format appropriate to the specialism and area of study chosen.
  • A related study using words and illustrations demonstrating the context in which the portfolio exists, exploring the relevant genre, subject matter, movement or historical framework of the selected theme.

Component 02: Externally set task

Students can choose a starting point from any of the seven given themes for which they will generate an appropriate personal response for assessment. They will carry out preparatory work to research, plan and develop their ideas, before engaging in 15 hours of supervised time to complete their work.

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject. This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources. However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials. You will also need to contribute towards compulsory visits to London – or other – galleries to undertake essential research.

All Year 1 A-level students will be expected to attend the Ad Astra educational visit to London. This will incur a contribution of approximately £40 per student. Students entitled to bursary support will have the full cost covered.

Work is continually assessed, and you will discuss and evaluate your own work.

Component 1: Personal Investigation: internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated – 60% of the total qualification

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment: externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated – 40% of the total qualification

Following successful completion of this Advanced Level course, it is expected that learners will have achieved the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills in Fine Art that will aid their progression to foundation and degree-related study.

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 3:29 pm