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Fine Art

What will I learn?

Each student is given the opportunity to develop their skills in a variety of media and to increase their knowledge and understanding of Art History. The latter encourages students to relate theoretical knowledge to their own practical work. This is important when they are researching and carrying out their Personal Investigation (Component 1.)

Students will follow the Fine Art endorsement and will be encouraged to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, such as drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, installation, printmaking, ceramics, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography. The course will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 7 in Art is expected.

Who should study Fine Art?

Students with an ability to work on self-imposed tasks. She should be well motivated, able to organise herself and have a genuine and active interest in Fine Art and also the history of art. A good standard of English is needed for the Personal Investigation.


Some expense is likely for visits to workshops at various art institutions. It would also be advisable for students to have good quality art materials at home for homework purposes.

Special demands on time

Time will be needed during the summer breaks between Years 11 and 12 and 12 and 13 for reading, visits to galleries/ exhibitions and research.

Course details

Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth

Component 1 – Personal Investigation

Students will develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should link with critical/contextual reference and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.

Component 2 – Externally set assignment

Students will respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

  • Component 1 – 60%, partial written element. 96 marks
  • Component 2 – 40% externally set assessment. Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time. 96 marks
What other subjects work well with Fine Art?

Any other Arts or Humanities subjects

Beyond the classroom

The course directly supports progression to further and higher education in Art and Design and related subjects, as well as providing all students with a platform to inspire a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, Art and Design. Many students progress on to a one-year foundation course

This is the main route to an Arts related degree. For those wishing to enter Art courses after A Level, help will be given to prepare a portfolio of work. Career related opportunities include: Teaching, Graphic Design, Architecture, Fashion, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Ceramics, Web Design, Illustration, Gallery Curator, Art Restoration and Jewellery Design.

For further information, please contact Ms Jordan:

"Art for me was an obvious A Level choice, it has provided me with endless fun throughout the last two years. It was totally different to my other A levels but this diversity meant that I was definitely more level headed during stressful A levels! I would highly recommend a mixture of subject choices. I couldn’t have asked for two better teachers during art, their passion for the subject radiates throughout the department and they are one of the reasons I have chosen an art based degree, Architecture!" Izzy, Sixth Former

"Choosing Art A Level was an easy decision for me because I have always loved 'creating' from a young age and the wonderful art teachers have been so encouraging and supportive in my journey as I develop as an artist. Being in Upper Sixth I now have a studio space of my own, which is my little artistic haven that I love to retreat to after my other, more academic subject lessons. This year I have also had the opportunity to work with our artist in residence, Miss Wright, who has provided me with an invaluable insight into what it is like to do an art-based degree at University level; as well as introducing me to new textile techniques, such as printing, embroidery, weaving...all of which I have really enjoyed, so much so that I am looking to study textiles at university" Molly, Sixth Former

"I chose art because it allows me to express myself creatively and gives me opportunities to explore issues and ideas that interest me. It's great having a subject which isn't essay based however I find the skills I've developed in art are really transferable to my other subjects." Sacha, Sixth Former