Exam Board: AQA

  • How creative can you be?
  • How do other artists and designers produce and get inspiration for their work?
  • How many different ideas and potential solutions are there for a creative problem?
  • All students will at certain times have to use the College facilities to complete homework or carry out additional project work outside of your timetabled lessons.


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language, with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design (Fine Art or Unendorsed).

Students without these requirements who nevertheless have career ambitions requiring Fine Art A Level will be interviewed by the Head of Department in July before the course starts to establish whether progression on this course is possible.


Is this course for me?

  • You have the determination to explore a creative idea.
  • You enjoy experimenting with materials and developing your skills.
  • You can sustain your interest in a project over an extended period of time. 
  • You enjoy using your own ideas and experiences to inform your project work.
  • You are willing to try new ways of working.
  • You enjoy researching the work of other artists, designers and crafts people. 
  • You have an open mind about what Art is.


Where does it lead?

You will develop creative, analytical and evaluation skills necessary for success in a broad range of careers. Many students progress into Higher Education in a wide variety of fine art fields and disciplines. There are also opportunities to enter Level 3 Creative Apprenticeships for those wishing to gain vocational training or study a Foundation Diploma here at the College, as a stepping stone to university. The creative industries are one of the biggest employers in the UK. Art & Design subjects are valuable for careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, curating, fashion design, graphic design, architecture, publishing and the media.


What will I learn?

Year 1

Coursework Portfolio

You will create a portfolio of work based on a theme. You will be introduced to a broad variety of techniques, materials, and approaches relevant to Fine Art, e.g. drawing, printing, painting, photography and mixed media.

Internally set assignment

You will develop work in response to an internally set theme to prepare you for working to exam themes in Year 2. You are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces in response to one of a choice of starting points.


Year 2

Personal Investigation

You will continue to produce guided coursework projects in Fine Art and will develop personal investigations based on an idea. issue, concept or theme which must be supported by a written essay.

Externally set assignment

You will receive an exam paper set by the Exam Board, for which you are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces in response to one of a choice of starting points.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework (60%) and exam projects (40%) which you will complete in the studio within a fixed time period. Guidance and support will also be provided to ensure that you develop the analysis and written skills required to undertake these tasks.


What activities can I get involved in?

You may have the opportunity to take part in visits to local Art Galleries, events and exhibitions such as the Liverpool Biennial. You will also work with and learn from artists and designers visiting the College. You will have the chance to produce work for local and national competitions and see it exhibited both externally and within College at the end of term.


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