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Level: A level Examination board: Edexcel Specification: Fine Art 9FAO

Year 12 course outline

For students who have an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of Art. The course will allow you to develop practical, experimental and expressive skills across a variety of media in a supported environment. 

Year 13 course outline

Students will follow a creative process expanding their knowledge of the subject and developing personal ideas into exciting outcomes. Students will work in a supported environment allowing them to reach their full potential and create exciting, individual work. The A Level course includes an extended piece of writing of 1500-5000 words. 

Opportunities beyond the classroom

The school enters external competitions to give the opportunity to have work exhibited locally and nationally.

Students will be encouraged to partake in a range of trips to galleries and exhibitions to gain a greater understanding of Art in a wider context. These recording trips will help to develop skills through drawing and photography. We try to work with artists and designers where possible both in school and out, and run a life drawing workshop annually. 

Course requirements (GCSE grades/interests)

GCSE Art – grade 6 (or a portfolio of work with agreement from Head of Department).

Students must have an interest in the visual world and have an open-minded approach about what Art and Design can be.



60% coursework – 40% ESA (Externally set assignment).


15 hour controlled assessment – practical exam.

Higher education courses linked to the subject

Many students take a one year Art Foundation course or are offered a place on a creative degree course. These courses allow you to specialise in a specific subject area such as Fine Art, Photography, Film and Television, Illustration, Set Design or Fashion Design to name but a few.

Careers linked to the subject

Possible career options include animator, architect, arts therapist, ceramic designer, fashion designer, fine artist, furniture conservator, furniture designer, games developer, graphic designer, illustrator, product designer, Interior/spatial designer, jewellery designer, make-up artist, medical illustrator, museum/gallery conservator, photographer, press photographer, printmaker, production designer – film/television/theatre, textile designer or web designer.

I was encouraged and supported to develop ideas to have a more mature outlook with my artwork and I was able to make links to artists and designers. My work has become very experimental and I have been able to develop myself as an artist. I will be going to UAL Foundation course - Chelsea - Fine Art to pursue an art career. Ruby

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mrs Rebecca Sandford