Art & Design

Art & Design

“Art allows you to take control of your work and become more independent. I have really enjoyed the different experiences of new media and techniques I have been introduced to as these have really supported the development of my work.”

Subject Specific Entry Criteria

Grade 5 in GCSE Art or attend an interview and provide a portfolio


Exam Board

Units Studied

  • Component 1: Personal Investigation including 1000-3000 word essay
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment including 15 hour examination


Course Information

Fine Art at A Level is all built around helping you become the artist that you want to be. It is a subject that will help you build your creativity, independence, skill proficiency and  resilience. These skills and qualities will be built through the development of innovative practice, the exploration of contextual research and the production of work of substance. Throughout the course your portfolio of work will act as your evidence against the course assessment objectives, however, this portfolio also can be used as an excellent body of work to present at university interviews to aid you in your progression to further study. You will be encouraged to work in an area that you are passionate about and will gain the skills you need to progress in a vast array of career paths. The Art department has a dedicated sixth form area that students are able to use during their own personal study periods.


Possible Career Paths

Studying Art and Design will support you in developing skills that can be transferred to a wide range of roles.

Advertising, media, architecture, photography, film-making, animation, three-dimensional/product design, ceramics, fashion, textiles, interior design, landscape gardening, illustration, teaching, curating, presenting and more.


Extra Curricular

You will have the opportunity to visit art galleries and participate in specialist workshops to inspire and develop your work. There will also be competitions to enter throughout the year at school level, local level and nationally.

We also encourage our A level students to support in lessons and run clubs for younger students.