A Level - Fine Art


Course Information

Course TypeLevel 3
Duration2 Years
Awarding BodyAQA

A Level Art

What does the course involve?

Studying Fine Art will appeal to those of you who have an interest in creating and understanding Art, and the determination to develop that interest. This course builds on your understanding of the subject and creates an awareness of Fine Art in contemporary society, as well as in other periods of time and in other cultures. You will use a range of artistic styles and techniques and will learn to develop your skills to a professional standard. The emphasis is on individual projects that promote personal interpretation and the development of individual style.

In year one, students will study the relationship between ideas and Fine Art practice. There will be the opportunity to develop an understanding of the expressive nature of the formal elements of Art such as the use of line, colour, form, shape and texture. Art History research is also an important part of the course. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple pathways in Fine art, such as: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking to broaden their understanding of art disciplines and develop a diverse portfolio of work.

In year two, students will research, evaluate, analyse and establish links between their own practical work and the broader art world. Students will also produce a written project linked to practical final outcomes and will develop the ability to identify and resolve creative problems. The course has been designed to ensure that not only are your practical skills and abilities developed, but also your ability to reflect on your own work and the work of others.

You will produce supporting studies throughout the course and will be encouraged to experiment broadly and generate lots of ideas for each component.


This A Level gives students the potential to progress to university onto an art related degree course, through a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The course could lead to a career in teaching, fashion, gallery/museum management, architecture, interior design, graphics, film and television design, jewellery design, theatre/set design and production, TV/film art directing, or an artist or art technician.

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Entry Requirements

At least 6 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 , including GCSE English Language, and meeting the entry criteria of individual subjects (Level 2 vocational qualifications at Merit or Distinction will be treated as equivalent to one GCSE)

Grade 4 in GCSE Art is normally required. However, if this GCSE has not been taken then a selection of artwork and sketchbooks, which demonstrates acceptable levels of skill, will be requested for consideration.

Can I take additional qualifications?

You would usually study two other A Levels alongside this course. We do not recommend combining more than two Art & Design subjects at A level; those wishing to pursue full-time study in Art & Design should apply for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.

The following subjects will complement this A level: English Literature, Media Studies and Ancient History and Art History (critical & contextual studies).

How will I be assessed?

All your creative and practical work is assessed by your tutors and moderated externally. At the end of each year, the externally set practical assignment will demonstrate all that you have learnt and achieved. The course is assessed as 60% Personal Investigation (Year 1 & 2) and 40% Externally Set Assignment (Year 2).

What are the costs?

There is a small £20 fee to study on this course. This goes toward art materials used throughout the two-year program of study. Through our online College shop Art Packs are available, these provide sufficient sketchbooks, canvases, and MDF boards for the year and are available at cost price, we aim to keep this below £16. Students will also receive a small amount of printing credits, this may need to be topped up throughout the year.  Students should budget for trips to galleries and museums in order to gain maximum benefit from this course. These will take place once a term and we aim to keep costs below £15 for each trip. Students in receipt of bursary payments can use these funds to pay the materials fee, and in the online College shop.

What is the duration?

This is a two year course.

What is the UCAS points tariff for this course?

A Level

Grade UCAS Points
A* 56
A 48
B 40
C 32
D 24
E 16

How do I apply?

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