Art and Design A Level: Fine Art

Subject:                       Art and Design: Fine Art

Level:                          AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 Edexcel

Location:                      Y Pant School


The A-Level Art course is intended for students who wish to pursue, extend and develop their studies of Art to a greater depth than that required for GCSE. The Fine Art Specification encourages students to take risks in their work through investigation of ideas and the exploration and experimentation of materials, techniques and processes.  Students are also required to study, in depth, the work of contemporary and historical practitioners to inform their own practice.

Requirements / skills for entry onto the course

All students should have at least a grade ‘B’ in GCSE Art and Design. Students who have a ‘C’ grade will be accepted following consultation with staff and on the condition that the first term is a probationary period and progress will be carefully monitored.  The course is demanding and requires a high level of commitment, motivation and self discipline, particularly when researching in Art Galleries, libraries and completing workbooks and working independently in the 6th form studio and out of school.  Students who show initiative and are well motivated will develop self confidence and increase their personal development.

Brief outline of the course and method of assessment

The full A Level qualification is made up of AS and A2 level. AS Level is followed in Year 12, students complete two units of work:

Unit 1 Art & Design Coursework (60% of AS / 30% of A LEVEL)

For this unit students will explore the expressive nature of Art & Design.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment (40% of AS / 20% of A LEVEL)

The externally set assignment represents the culmination of the AS course.   Students are given an 8 week preparatory period to plan for the 8 hour controlled test.  The theme set by the examining board will be a broad one and in the same way as the GCSE exam theme operates, will allow for personal interpretation and a wide use of media.

At the end of Year 12, most students will go on to complete the full A Level award during Year 13.

Career opportunities

Students may progress on to a one year Foundation course at college, on the evidence of a sound portfolio of work at interview. Interviews for the Foundation course take place after Christmas in Year 13.  Following the foundation year, students can then choose to study at degree level one of the many exciting and rewarding fields of Art and Design, e.g.: Fine Art, 3D Design, Fashion Design, Textile / Interior Design, Graphics, Illustration, Ceramics, Metalwork or glass forming, Film, Animation, etc.  The choice is varied and students should consult their teacher for further information.

The A Level course in Art and Design is stimulating and rewarding in its own right, whether or not the student is specifically aiming at a career in this field. It is a recognised qualification for entry into Higher Education.

A sixth form studio space has been created in the Art Department enabling students to work purposefully in study periods.

Staff to consult for further information:

Mrs Gold, Mrs Nowell-Hughes, Mrs Harris.