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Girls’ School

KS5 - Fine Art

Brief introduction to the course:

Art is a form of communication and a vehicle for self-expression to explore ideas and emotions. Studying Art, craft and design at A-Level encourages you to draw upon your imagination, whilst developing observational, analytical and practical skills. Extra-curricular study includes visits to galleries, museums and entries to national competitions and exhibitions. There are regular opportunities to develop your skills and understanding of the figure through Life Drawing classes.

What will I learn on this course?

The Year 12 programme develops students’ ability to meet the assessment criteria at a higher level.  Mini projects are aimed at encouraging Year 12 artists to expand their understanding of artistic processes and engage them in exploring new ways of thinking. 

The Year 13 A-Level programme further extends practical work and skills through independent study and working from given themes and starting points. Components of work address the four assessment objectives and will include the following: painting, sculpture, drawing and recording using a variety of media, printmaking and ceramics.

How will I be assessed for this course?

At A-Level you will complete two components of coursework. Component 1 is a personal investigation; this will include a written element of between 1,000- 3,000 words, which sits alongside your practical work - (60% of A-Level).

Component two is an externally set assignment given by the examination board, AQA.  This includes preparation time and 15 hours of supervised time -                          (40% of A-Level).

For more information please visit the AQA website -

Course requirements:

You require a minimum of a grade 6 in Fine Art GCSE to undertake this course.