Art and Design (Fine Art) - A Level

Pupil Led Pathway

For the first time this year students will start a generic combined Fine Art and graphic Communication course for the first project in the first year. During this time candidates will explore the disciplines of both Fine art and Graphics. Exploring techniques, practices, materials and critical studies of related artists and designers.

Only after assessing where their interests and skills lie will students then make an informed decision about which A level they will then follow. All work completed will count for their chosen discipline and subsequent projects will then be completed following these specifications. Students will untimely be awarded an A level in either Fine Art of graphic communication. This new course structure will enable candidates to maximise their potential and follow a very personalised creative pathway

Why choose A level Art and Design?

Art & Design at A Level has been designed for a broad range of candidates. It is particularly suitable for: those who enjoy painting, drawing, print-making, constructing, modelling, fabricating; those who enjoy making, investigating, handling traditional and/or contemporary media, materials, techniques and tools, and those students who like inventing, improvising, planning and designing and using historical and contemporary influences and references.

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of any Art, Craft or Design based Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) course after successfully completing a level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies, Art & Design. You can study these at Knowsley Arts Centre (Knowsley Community College), Liverpool Arts Centre (Liverpool Community College), Carmel College (St Helens), St Helens College or Alsop High School in Liverpool.

Some Artistic career options

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art Practice in the Community
  • Computer Aided Product Design
  • Graphics Design
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Design Management
  • Electronic Design
  • Illustration/ Calligraphy and Bookbinding
  • Museum and Exhibition curator
  • Arts and Events managers
  • Film Studies
  • Costume Design/ Set Design
  • Product Design
  • Computer Games Design
  • Car Design
  • Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Freelance Artists
  • Practicing artist Textile/Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • Metal ware/Jewellery/silversmith Designer
  • Furniture Design
  • Glass Design
  • Garden Design
  • Knitwear
  • Model Making

What will I study and learn?

This GCE specification is designed to enable candidates to experience art, craft and design thoroughly and comprehensively. Their knowledge, understanding and skills will be enhanced by integrated practical and theoretical elements. Their ability to be creative, imaginative and to communicate in visual and spatial form will be challenged and extended.

The specification is designed to encompass four principal areas:

  • Contextual Understanding
  • Creative Making
  • Reflective Recording
  • Personal Presentation

How is the course assessed?

Reformed A level

  • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry Non-exam Assessment - 40% of A level qualification
  • Unit 2: Personal Investigation Non-exam Assessment - 36% of qualification
  • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment Non-exam Assessment - 24% of qualification

Key Information

  • Level: A Level
  • Examination Board: WJEC
  • Subject Leader: Mr P Dougan
  • Course Leader: Mrs P McDonald-Holmes
  • Entry Requirements: GCSE grades A*- C in a minimum of 5 subjects (to include English and Mathematics). GCSE C grade in Art and Design.

A level Modules:

  • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry Non-exam Assessment - 40% of A level qualification
  • Unit 2: Personal Investigation Non-exam Assessment - 36% of qualification
  • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment Non-exam Assessment - 24% of qualification

Student comment

"The art teachers are really caring and spend hours with us after school has finished."

SIXTH FORM COURSES

A LEVEL

ART AND DESIGN
ART AND DESIGN (FINE ART)
ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)
BIOLOGY
CHEMISTRY
ECONOMICS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY
ICT APPLIED
MATHEMATICS
MEDIA STUDIES
MUSIC
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSICS
SOCIOLOGY
SPANISH

BTEC

PERFORMING ARTS
SPORT
SPORT (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)

AQA

APPLIED BUSINESS